President Obama’s proposed budget 2010 budget includes a 2.9 percent pay increase for all servicemembers. This proposal is one percent lower than the 2009 military pay increase. However, considering current economic conditions this may prove to be a generous increase when compared to the civilian wage rates.

Military Pay Update: The House has proposed raising the White House request by 0.5 percent, upping the 2010 military pay raise to 3.4 percent.

The next step is for the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House to wrangle over the details. In 2008 Congress increased President Bush ’s military pay raise by 0.5 percent.

This budget process can take several months to work out and will likely be determined by October 1, 2009. The 2010 military pay increase will go into effect on January 1, 2010 and will likely be reflected by the mid-January paydate.

Compare the proposed 2010 Military Pay Raises:

and see what you may be getting next year.

Factors That Affect Military Pay

  • The Annual Pay Raise.
  • Longevity raises virtually every 2 years (based on the number of years in service).
  • Promotions.
  • Basic Allowance for Housing Increases BAH (based on location).
  • Basic Allowance for Subsistence BAS Increase.
  • Cost of Living Allowance COLA Increase (based on location).
  • And Special Pay(s) (based on occupations: Language Skills, Combat, Flight, Hazardous Duty).

Find Your Current Military Pay Chart

2009 Active Duty Pay Charts
2009 Guard and Reserve Drill Pay Charts (pdf)