2023 Military Pay Chart: Largest Pay Raise In a Decade Proposed

4.6% Military Pay Raise Possible in Proposed Pentagon Budget

The Biden Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2023, which would raise defense spending by $30 billion, a 4% increase over last year’s budget proposal. With this increase in spending, troops could see a 4.6% pay raise.

The last time the military saw a 4.6% raise in base pay was in 2007, just before the financial crisis of 2008. Considering that America is dealing with inflation levels not seen since the 70’s, the proposed pay raise would certainly help those families struggling with the spiking prices of food and fuel.

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One thing to keep in mind is that this is simply a budget proposal from the executive branch of government. It does not mean that the pay raise is guaranteed. In fact, it could go up or down by the time it is approved.

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According to Military.com, it appears that Congress may be thinking about approving a higher raise because of the rate of inflation. As of May of 2022, the inflation rate is 8.6%, which is the highest it has been since 1981. Compare that to 5.4% back in June of 2021.

Military.com talked to Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA who chairs the House Armed Services Committees. When asked about anticipating boosting the raise, she stated that she’s “certainly contemplating it.” The Senate Armed Services Committee is also expected to debate on it.

In order to increase the rate, the money would have to come from somewhere else in the budget, or the defense budget would need to be increased. This could be a reason why it would not go higher than 4.6%. The House Armed Services Committee’s Personnel Subcommittee also called for studies and reports to modernize service members’ compensation. There are many questions about if they should continue to use the Employment Cost Index to decide on the rate and if the pay tables need to be changed.

We will have to see what is decided once Congress debates and comes to a decision on the proposed pay rate.

The Budget’s Next Step

As it stands now, the budget proposal is heading to Congress, where our elected representatives will debate the merits of the Pentagon’s request. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate will add, remove, or modify parts of the budget before they vote to approve it.

Historically, Republicans seek to increase defense spending, while the Democrats seek to fund government programs outside of the Pentagon. The debates will likely be heated as some points of the defense budget will be hotly contested. This is especially true when other legislative measures not related to defense spending are included in these monstrous bills.

It is worth noting here that our Congressional leaders have made the Continuing Resolution (CR) a funding preference over actually passing a budget. In recent years, the politically divisive environment in Congress made any budget agreements impossible, leading to an increasing reliance on the Continuing Resolution.

Hope and Expectations

The Biden administration’s budget will likely emerge from the halls of Congress in a different form and amount than what was proposed yesterday. While the pay raise proposed for our nation’s heroes is currently at 4.6%, it could increase once more data is added to the equation.

You can expect that if a budget is actually agreed upon, it will likely not happen until after the summer time. The goal is to get it approved before October 1, 2022, which is the start of the 2023 fiscal year. As we move into the summer months, the inflation numbers will be scrutinized to determine the outcome of a military pay increase.

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Charts

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Enlisted: E-1 – E-3

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsE-1E-2E-3
< 2$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,260.41
Over 2$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,402.66
Over 3$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 4$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 6$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 8$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 10$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 12$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 14$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 16$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 18$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 20$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 22$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 24$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 26$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 28$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 30$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 32$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 34$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 36$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 38$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06
Over 40$1,917.32$2,149.53$2,548.06

 

Enlisted: E-4 – E-6

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsE-4E-5E-6
< 2$2,503.08$2,730.06$2,980.05
Over 2$2,631.74$2,914.16$3,280.26
Over 3$2,773.99$3,055.37$3,424.60
Over 4$2,915.20$3,199.71$3,565.81
Over 6$3,039.68$3,423.56$3,712.25
Over 8$3,039.68$3,658.91$4,041.74
Over 10$3,039.68$3,851.37$4,171.45
Over 12$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,420.40
Over 14$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,495.71
Over 16$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,551.15
Over 18$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 20$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 22$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 24$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 26$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 28$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 30$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 32$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 34$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 36$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 38$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00
Over 40$3,039.68$3,874.38$4,616.00

 

Enlisted: E-7 – E-9

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsE-7E-8E-9
< 2$3,445.52
Over 2$3,761.42
Over 3$3,905.76
Over 4$4,095.09
Over 6$4,244.67
Over 8$4,500.94$4,956.99
Over 10$4,645.29$5,176.65$6,055.29
Over 12$4,900.51$5,311.59$6,193.37
Over 14$5,113.89$5,474.76$6,365.96
Over 16$5,258.24$5,650.49$6,568.88
Over 18$5,413.05$5,968.48$6,774.94
Over 20$5,473.72$6,130.61$7,103.39
Over 22$5,674.55$6,404.66$7,381.62
Over 24$5,782.29$6,556.33$7,673.46
Over 26$6,193.37$6,930.80$8,121.14
Over 28$6,193.37$6,930.80$8,121.14
Over 30$6,193.37$7,069.91$8,526.99
Over 32$6,193.37$7,069.91$8,526.99
Over 34$6,193.37$7,069.91$8,953.76
Over 36$6,193.37$7,069.91$8,953.76
Over 38$6,193.37$7,069.91$9,402.49
Over 40$6,193.37$7,069.91$9,402.49

 

Warrant Officer: W-1 – W-3

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsW-1W-2W-3
< 2$3,399$3,872$4,376
Over 2$3,765$4,238$4,558
Over 3$3,863$4,351$4,746
Over 4$4,071$4,429$4,807
Over 6$4,316$4,679$5,002
Over 8$4,679$5,070$5,338
Over 10$4,848$5,264$5,789
Over 12$5,085$5,454$5,979
Over 14$5,317$5,687$6,198
Over 16$5,500$5,869$6,423
Over 18$5,669$6,033$6,828
Over 20$5,873$6,231$7,102
Over 22$5,873$6,360$7,265
Over 24$5,873$6,463$7,439
Over 26$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 28$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 30$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 32$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 34$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 36$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 38$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 40$5,873$6,463$7,676

 

Warrant Officer: W-4 – W-5

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsW-4W-5
< 2$5,012.43
Over 2$5,391.08
Over 3$5,545.89
Over 4$5,698.61
Over 6$5,961.15
Over 8$6,220.56
Over 10$6,483.11
Over 12$6,877.45
Over 14$7,224.72
Over 16$7,554.21
Over 18$7,824.08
Over 20$8,087.67$8,911.92
Over 22$8,473.65$9,363.79
Over 24$8,791.63$9,701.65
Over 26$9,153.55$10,072.98
Over 28$9,153.55$10,072.98
Over 30$9,336.60$10,578.20
Over 32$9,336.60$10,578.20
Over 34$9,336.60$11,106.43
Over 36$9,336.60$11,106.43
Over 38$9,336.60$11,662.90
Over 40$9,336.60$11,662.90

 

Commissioned Officers: O-1E – O-3E (w/ Prior Enlisted Experience)

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-1EO-2EO-3E
< 2
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4$4,577.30$5,682.92$6,469.51
Over 6$4,886.91$5,789.61$6,780.17
Over 8$5,067.87$5,984.17$7,120.12
Over 10$5,253.01$6,295.87$7,339.78
Over 12$5,433.97$6,536.45$7,701.70
Over 14$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,007.13
Over 16$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,182.86
Over 18$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 20$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 22$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 24$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 26$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 28$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 30$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 32$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 34$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 36$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 38$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35
Over 40$5,682.92$6,716.37$8,421.35

 

Commissioned Officers: O-1 – O-3

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-1O-2O-3
< 2$3,636.94$4,191.32$4,850.30
Over 2$3,786.52$4,772.90$5,497.78
Over 3$4,577.30$5,496.73$5,932.91
Over 4$4,577.30$5,682.92$6,469.51
Over 6$4,577.30$5,799.02$6,780.17
Over 8$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,120.12
Over 10$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,339.78
Over 12$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,701.70
Over 14$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 16$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 18$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 20$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 22$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 24$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 26$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 28$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 30$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 32$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 34$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 36$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 38$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02
Over 40$4,577.30$5,799.02$7,891.02

 

Commissioned Officers: O-4 – O-6

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-4O-5O-6
< 2$5,274$6,112$7,332
Over 2$6,104$6,885$8,055
Over 3$6,512$7,362$8,583
Over 4$6,603$7,451$8,583
Over 6$6,981$7,749$8,616
Over 8$7,386$7,927$8,985
Over 10$7,892$8,318$9,035
Over 12$8,285$8,606$9,035
Over 14$8,558$8,977$9,548
Over 16$8,715$9,544$10,455
Over 18$8,805$9,814$10,988
Over 20$8,805$10,081$11,521
Over 22$8,805$10,384$11,824
Over 24$8,805$10,384$12,131
Over 26$8,805$10,384$12,725
Over 28$8,805$10,384$12,725
Over 30$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 32$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 34$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 36$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 38$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 40$8,805$10,384$12,980

 

Flag and General Officers: O-7 – O-8

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-7O-8
< 2$10,112.73$12,171.26
Over 2$10,583.43$12,564.55
Over 3$10,799.95$12,834.42
Over 4$10,973.59$12,908.69
Over 6$11,286.34$13,238.18
Over 8$11,594.91$13,789.42
Over 10$11,952.64$13,918.08
Over 12$12,309.33$14,442.12
Over 14$12,667.06$14,592.75
Over 16$13,789.42$15,043.57
Over 18$14,738.14$15,696.28
Over 20$14,738.14$16,297.73
Over 22$14,738.14$16,700.44
Over 24$14,738.14$16,700.44
Over 26$14,813.45$16,700.44
Over 28$14,813.45$16,700.44
Over 30$15,110.52$17,118.84
Over 32$15,110.52$17,118.84
Over 34$15,110.52$17,545.60
Over 36$15,110.52$17,545.60
Over 38$15,110.52$17,545.60
Over 40$15,110.52$17,545.60

 

Flag and General Officers: O-9 – O-10

Proposed 2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-9O-10
< 2
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4
Over 6
Over 8
Over 10
Over 12
Over 14
Over 16
Over 18
Over 20$16,445$16,975
Over 22$16,682$16,975
Over 24$16,975$16,975
Over 26$16,975$16,975
Over 28$16,975$16,975
Over 30$16,975$16,975
Over 32$16,975$16,975
Over 34$16,975$16,975
Over 36$16,975$16,975
Over 38$16,975$16,975
Over 40$16,975$16,975

 

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About the author

Robert Haynes is a retired Army infantryman who has a squad of kids and is married to an active duty Soldier. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who spent his last few years in the Army as a Drill Sergeant. He is now a full-time dad, freelance writer, and out-of-work comedian.

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