2018 Military Pay

The 2018 military pay increase is currently proposed at 2.1% according to the President’s FY 2018 budget proposal. The proposed pay increase is 0.3% lower than private sector wage growth but the same percentage that President Obama signed into law for FY 2017.

The 2.1% increase is not final until the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act is signed into law which typically occurs in December. During this time the NDAA and the military pay increase can change as legislators amend the defense budget.

The 2.1% raise would be about $575 annually for enlisted soldiers and $900 to $1,700 for officers annually. If the 2.1% increase were to hold it would be the eight time in nine years that military pay raises fell below private-sector wage growth.

See the 2018 proposed military pay charts.

The annual pay increase for service members is determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index and growth in private-sector wages. However, by law, Title 37, Chapter 19, Section 1009, the President can set an alternate pay raise which is being proposed in the 2018 Defense Budget, and was also proposed and implemented for 2017.

Historical Military Pay Raises by Year

YearMilitary Pay Raise %YearMilitary Pay Raise %
20182.10% (proposed)19894.10%
20172.10%19882.00%
20161.30%19873.00%
20151.00%19863.00%
20141.00%19854.00%
20131.70%19844.00%
20121.60%19834.00%
20111.40%198214.30%
20103.40%198111.70%
20093.90%19807.00%
20083.50%19795.50%
2007 *2.70%19787.10%
20063.10%19774.80%
20053.50%19765.00%
2004 *4.20%19755.52%
2003 *4.70%19746.20%
2002 *6.90%19736.70%
20014.10%19727.20%
20006.20%19717.90%
19993.60%19708.10%
19982.80%196912.60%
19973.00%19686.80%
19962.40%19675.60%
19952.60%19663.20%
19942.20%1965E: 11% O:6%
19933.70%19642.5% - 8.5%
19924.20%196312.60%
19914.10%19620.00%
19903.60%

* 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007 are the average percentage raise as military pay raises differed for various military pay grades.

2018 military pay increases are for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and Reserve forces where applicable.

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