Updated August 22, 2022

Average Military Salary

$51,584yearly

$24.80 hourly

Entry level Salary
$24,000 yearly
$24,000
10 %
$51,584
Median
$108,000
90 %

How much does a Military make?

Militaries make $51,584 per year on average, or $24.8 per hour, in the United States. Militaries on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $108,000.

Location impacts how much a military can expect to make. Militaries make the most in Alaska, New Jersey, New York, California, and Maine.

Highest Paying States For Militaries

The darker areas on the map show where militaries earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Military average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Alaska$78,650$37.8146
2Maine$59,924$28.8143
3Rhode Island$51,192$24.6138
4Delaware$50,760$24.4038
5Virginia$54,118$26.02223
6California$63,316$30.44408
7Wisconsin$55,484$26.6894
8Mississippi$47,781$22.9763
9New Jersey$63,833$30.6998
10New York$63,818$30.68151
11North Dakota$48,821$23.4726
12Pennsylvania$50,752$24.40181
13Indiana$53,629$25.7891
14Nebraska$44,908$21.5980
15Connecticut$51,950$24.9858
16Arizona$51,158$24.6089
17Vermont$45,583$21.9130
18New Hampshire$48,471$23.3034
19Maryland$49,283$23.69141
20Kansas$43,398$20.8691
21District of Columbia$48,623$23.3850
22Illinois$51,774$24.89138
23Massachusetts$50,143$24.11144
24West Virginia$43,428$20.8838
25Utah$44,221$21.2680
26Iowa$44,045$21.1879
27North Carolina$46,555$22.38153
28Ohio$43,585$20.95181
29Michigan$45,061$21.66108
30Nevada$43,131$20.7443
31Idaho$42,972$20.6635
32Kentucky$37,580$18.07128
33New Mexico$39,794$19.1359
34Wyoming$36,498$17.5524
35Washington$44,398$21.35102
36Missouri$38,261$18.39146
37Hawaii$37,914$18.2358
38Louisiana$38,000$18.2760
39Alabama$34,926$16.79124
40Tennessee$35,171$16.91123
41South Dakota$33,833$16.2729
42Montana$31,664$15.2242
43Texas$39,624$19.05223
44Minnesota$38,416$18.4784
45Arkansas$34,184$16.4353
46South Carolina$36,394$17.5068
47Florida$36,127$17.37248
48Oklahoma$34,212$16.4559
49Oregon$34,037$16.3672
50Colorado$32,154$15.46116
51Georgia$35,017$16.84142

Highest Paying Cities For Militaries

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Santa Clara, CA$65,015$31.26
2New York, NY$63,776$30.66
3Newark, NJ$63,705$30.63
4Bangor, ME$54,252$26.08
5Hampton, VA$54,031$25.98
6La Crosse, WI$52,750$25.36
7Phoenix, AZ$50,871$24.46
8Frederick, MD$48,698$23.41
9Detroit, MI$45,429$21.84
10Mason City, IA$45,059$21.66
11Redmond, WA$44,458$21.37
12Leavenworth, KS$43,538$20.93
13Salt Lake City, UT$43,504$20.92
14Austin, TX$40,891$19.66
15Chesterfield, MO$39,003$18.75

Military Salary Details

Average Military Salary Graph
Average Military Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Military's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$108,000$9,000$52
75th Percentile$76,000$6,333$37
Average$51,584$4,299$25
25th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16
10th Percentile$24,000$2,000$12

Which Companies Pay Militaries The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Baker Hughes and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are the highest paying companies for militaries.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1Baker Hughes$125,423$60.301
2JPMorgan Chase & Co.$125,259$60.226
3Applied Materials$124,051$59.6421
4Constellation Energy Partners$106,448$51.18
5General Dynamics Mission Systems$105,693$50.81
6Beaumont Health$93,717$45.061
7Gallagher$89,999$43.27
8Wells Fargo$84,761$40.75132
9IDA$83,924$40.35
10Axient$83,422$40.11
11Equinix$82,954$39.88
12Northrop Grumman$75,899$36.4910
13Henry M. Jackson Foundation$75,785$36.44
14Geisinger Medical Center$72,667$34.941
15Oasis Systems$70,761$34.023
16Scientific Research$70,161$33.73
17Prudential Bank$69,271$33.30
18A. Duie Pyle$66,345$31.901
19Leidos$66,171$31.81
20Vencore$62,885$30.231

Military Salary Trends

Average Military Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Military Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$51,600$24.80+5.1%
    2021$49,000$23.53+2.9%
    2020$47,500$22.84+2.5%
    2019$46,300$22.28+1.7%
    2018$45,500$21.90+2.3%

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    State of Maine, Bureau of Human ResourcesMilitary Firefighter (Multiple Vacancies)Bangor, ME07/14/2022$52,804
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    Military Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Militaries The Most?

    Alaska pays Militaries the most in the United States, with an average salary of $78,650 per year, or $37.81 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Military?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Military if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New Jersey you should be paid close to $63,833 per year.

    What Type Of Military Gets Paid The Most?

    Landing Support Specialist gets paid the most. Landing Support Specialist made a median salary of $51,595. The best-paid 10 percent make $76,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $34,000.

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