Projected Military Pay Raise 2021

military pay raise 2021

Far from a done deal…

Although the military just received its 2020 pay raise of 3.1%, it’s time to look ahead to 2021. On February 10th, the US Department of Defense released a statement on the 2021 proposed military pay raise. President Donald J. Trump requested $705.4 billion to fund the Defense Department.  The Department of Defense has asked for a 3% pay raise as well as for increases to housing and subsistence allowance.

2021 Projected Military Pay Raise

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The military pay raise can be highly debated each year, but it isn’t as simple as the President or Congress picking a number. The pay raise is tied to the ECI (US Employment Cost Index) that is put out by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Military Pay Raise Tied to ECI (Employment Cost Index)

According to news reports the key government index used as a guideline for civilian wages indicates the military pay increase for fiscal 2021 will be at least 2.9 percent. Earlier reports were that the White House was seeking a 3 percent raise for 2021, but by law, military pay increases are tied to the U.S. Employment Cost Index (ECI) put out by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which was released last week.

Pentagon Releases 2021 Proposed Budget With Military Pay Raise Set at 3%

The Pentagon just released their proposed 2021 defense budget. Their proposal included a 3 percent across the board military pay increase. This raise is 0.1 percent higher than the law currently allows.

The law governing military pay requires that all annual increases be tied to the U.S. Employment Cost Index (ECI), which is put out by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The recently released ECI has set the 2021 pay increase at 2.9%. So, unless Congress votes to override the standing law, the military pay increase may be limited to 2.9% instead of the 3% requested by the Pentagon.

A lot still needs to happen before we know for sure what that 2021 pay raise will be, but it is nice to see a number to start off with.

Stay Tuned for Future Updates. Until then, here is a sneak peek at the projected 2021 military pay — based on the 2.9 percent ECI rate.

2021 Military Pay Charts – Projected at 2.9% Based on ECI

These charts on based on the Employment Cost Index increase of 2.9%,

Enlisted: E-1 – E-3

Projected 2021 Pay Charts (2.9% Increase)

YearsE-1E-2E-3
2 or less$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,038.65
Over 2$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,166.77
Over 3$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 4$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 6$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 8$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 10$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 12$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 14$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 16$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 18$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 20$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 22$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 24$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 26$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 28$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 30$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 32$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 34$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 36$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 38$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27
Over 40$1,729.65$1,938.64$2,298.27

 

Enlisted: E-4 – E-6

Projected 2021 Pay Charts (2.9% Increase)

YearsE-4E-5E-6
2 or less$2,258.14$2,462.81$2,688.47
Over 2$2,373.90$2,628.89$2,958.58
Over 3$2,502.32$2,755.76$3,089.16
Over 4$2,629.51$2,885.73$3,216.04
Over 6$2,741.26$3,088.54$3,348.47
Over 8$2,741.26$3,300.00$3,646.06
Over 10$2,741.26$3,474.11$3,762.44
Over 12$2,741.26$3,495.10$3,987.17
Over 14$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,055.70
Over 16$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,105.71
Over 18$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 20$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 22$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 24$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 26$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 28$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 30$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 32$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 34$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 36$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 38$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05
Over 40$2,741.26$3,495.10$4,164.05

Senior Enlisted: E-7 – E-9

Projected 2021 Pay Charts (2.9% Increase)

YearsE-7E-8E-9
2 or less$3,108.30
Over 2$3,392.30
Over 3$3,522.58
Over 4$3,694.21
Over 6$3,828.81
Over 8$4,059.41$4,471.52
Over 10$4,189.68$4,669.09$5,462.14
Over 12$4,420.28$4,791.64$5,585.93
Over 14$4,612.60$4,937.97$5,742.13
Over 16$4,743.48$5,097.25$5,925.19
Over 18$4,883.02$5,384.04$6,111.03
Over 20$4,936.73$5,529.43$6,407.07
Over 22$5,118.55$5,776.70$6,658.35
Over 24$5,215.80$5,914.07$6,921.67
Over 26$5,586.54$6,251.79$7,325.76
Over 28$5,586.54$6,251.79$7,325.76
Over 30$5,586.54$6,377.43$7,691.57
Over 32$5,586.54$6,377.43$7,691.57
Over 34$5,586.54$6,377.43$7,691.57
Over 36$5,586.54$6,377.43$8,076.52
Over 38$5,586.54$6,377.43$8,076.52
Over 40$5,586.54$6,377.43$8,480.92

Warrant Officers:  W-1 – W-3

Projected 2021 Pay Charts (2.9% Increase)

YearsW-1W-2W-3
2 or less$3,306.18$3,766.76$4,256.97
Over 2$3,662.42$418.60$4,434.17
Over 3$3,757.81$4,232.59$4,616.30
Over 4$3,960.00$4,307.91$4,675.88
Over 6$4,198.94$4,552.09$4,866.04
Over 8$4,551.47$4,931.79$5,241.42
Over 10$4,715.70$5,120.10$5,631.92
Over 12$4,945.99$5,305.01$5,815.91
Over 14$5,172.27$5,531.60$6,028.91
Over 16$5,350.39$5,708.79$6,247.78
Over 18$5,514.00$5,869.00$6,642.30
Over 20$5,713.11$6,061.02$6,908.40
Over 22$5,713.11$6,187.27$7,067.38
Over 24$5,713.11$6,286.98$7,236.55
Over 26$5,713.11$6,286.98$7,467.14
Over 28$5,713.11$6,286.98$7,467.14
Over 30$5,713.11$6,286.98$7,467.14
Over 32$5,541.47$6,098.06$7,242.72
Over 34$5,541.47$6,098.06$7,242.72
Over 36$5,541.47$6,098.06$7,242.72
Over 38$5,541.47$6,098.06$7,242.72
Over 40$5,541.47$6,098.06$7,242.72

 

Warrant Officers:  W-4 – W-5

Projected 2021 Pay Charts (2.9% Increase)

YearsW-4W-5
2 or less$4,661.37
Over 2$5,013.91
Over 3$5,157.76
Over 4$5,299.45
Over 6$5,543.33
Over 8$5,784.73
Over 10$6,029.22
Over 12$6,396.26
Over 14$6,718.55
Over 16$7,025.09
Over 18$7,276.37
Over 20$7,521.17$8,288.29
Over 22$7,880.49$8,708.43
Over 24$8,175.61$9,021.76
Over 26$8,512.71$9,368.12
Over 28$8,512.71$9,368.12
Over 30$8,682.50$9,837.34
Over 32$8,421.34$9,541.61
Over 34$8,421.34$10,017.93
Over 36$8,421.34$10,017.93
Over 38$8,421.34$10,519.88
Over 40$8,421.34$10,519.88

 

Commissioned Officers: O-1E – O3E (w/ Prior Enlisted Experience)

Projected 2021 Pay Charts (2.9% Increase)

YearsO-1EO-2EO-3E
2 or less
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4$4,128.25$5,125.65$5,835.97
Over 6$4,408.24$5,231.23$6,115.96
Over 8$4,571.23$5,397.62$6,422.50
Over 10$4,737.93$5,678.85$6,621.00
Over 12$4,901.54$5,896.17$6,946.98
Over 14$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,222.35
Over 16$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,380.71
Over 18$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 20$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 22$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 24$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 26$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 28$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 30$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 32$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 34$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 36$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 38$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87
Over 40$5,125.65$6,057.93$7,595.87

Commissioned Officers: O-1 – O-3

Projected 2021 Pay Charts (2.9% Increase)

YearsO-1O-2O-3
2 or less$3,382.43$3,897.34$4,510.42
Over 2$3,521.03$4,438.49$5,112.69
Over 3$4,256.36$5,111.76$5,518.01
Over 4$4,256.36$5,284.64$6,016.87
Over 6$4,256.36$5,393.30$6,305.51
Over 8$4,256.36$5,393.30$6,621.62
Over 10$4,256.36$5,393.30$6,826.28
Over 12$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,162.46
Over 14$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 16$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 18$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 20$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 22$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 24$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 26$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 28$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 30$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 32$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 34$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 36$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 38$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11
Over 40$4,256.36$5,393.30$7,338.11

 

Commissioned Officers: O-4 – O6

Projected 2021 Pay Charts (2.9% Increase)

YearsO-40-50-6
2 or less$5,129.98$5,945.56$7,132.20
Over 2$5,938.15$6,697.86$7,835.42
Over 3$6,334.83$7,161.22$8,349.72
Over 4$6,422.81$7,248.58$8,349.72
Over 6$6,790.47$7,538.15$8,381.51
Over 8$7,185.30$7,711.02$8,740.84
Over 10$7,676.75$8,091.64$8,788.38
Over 12$8,058.92$8,371.33$8,788.38
Over 14$8,324.40$8,732.20$9,287.55
Over 16$8,477.21$9,284.15$10,170.74
Over 18$8,565.50$9,546.55$10,688.74
Over 20$8,565.50$9,806.47$11,206.74
Over 22$8,565.50$10,101.28$11,501.54
Over 24$8,565.50$10,101.28$11,800.37
Over 26$8,565.50$10,101.28$12,378.87
Over 28$8,565.50$10,101.28$12,378.87
Over 30$8,565.50$10,101.28$12,626.14
Over 32$8,565.50$10,101.28$12,626.14
Over 34$8,565.50$10,101.28$12,626.14
Over 36$8,565.50$10,101.28$12,626.14
Over 38$8,565.50$10,101.28$12,626.14
Over 40$8,565.50$10,101.28$12,626.14

 

Flag and General Officers: O-7 – O-9

Projected 2021 Pay Charts (2.9% Increase)

YearsO-7O-80-9
2 or less$9,405.16$11,318.49
Over 2$9,841.97$11,689.85
Over 3$10,044.17$11,935.89
Over 4$10,205.00$12,004.42
Over 6$10,495.80$12,311.57
Over 8$10,783.51$12,824.32
Over 10$11,115.98$12,943.79
Over 12$11,447.21$13,430.61
Over 14$11,779.68$13,570.76
Over 16$12,824.32$13,990.28
Over 18$13,705.97$14,597.50
Over 20$13,705.97$15,157.17$15,996.83
Over 22$13,705.97$15,531.01$16,228.05
Over 24$13,705.97$15,531.01$16,560.83
Over 26$13,776.35$15,531.01$16,918.61
Over 28$13,776.35$15,531.01$16,918.61
Over 30$14,052.02$15,919.97$16,918.61
Over 32$14,052.02$15,919.97$16,918.61
Over 34$14,052.02$16,317.26$16,918.61
Over 36$14,052.02$16,317.26$16,918.61
Over 38$14,052.02$16,317.26$16,918.61
Over 40$14,052.02$16,317.26$16,918.61