U.S. Air Force: Basic Pay Charts for 2020


All members of the United States Air Force are paid a monthly basic pay rate determined by their paygrade/Air Force rank. Please note that the 2020 Military Basic Pay Charts on this page do not include the various Air Force allowances and bonuses that suppliment most servicemembers' incomes. For a more detailed military pay estimate, use our Air Force pay calculator.

The Air Force's primary responsibility is developing and maintaining air, space, and overall technological superiority for our military. As of 2016, there are roughly 300,000 Active Duty, 100,000 Air National Guard, and 70,000 Reservist Airmen. The major communities for the Air Force include Operations, Maintenance, Logistics, Ballistic Missile Defense, Intelligence, Cyber Warfare, Acquisition, Space Warfare, and Medical, with many others not listed.


Seal of the Air Force Air Force Enlisted Basic Pay Rates

This pay table is used to determine the monthly basic pay for enlisted servicemembers in the Air Force. To determine your pay rate, first choose your paygrade (from E-1 to E-9) and then find the row that corresponds with your number of years' experience in the Air Force. You can also use our Air Force Pay Calculator to calculate pay and allowances.


Years of Experience E-1 Insignia of an Air Force Airman E-2 Insignia of an Air Force Airman First Class E-3 Insignia of an Air Force Senior Airman E-4 Insignia of an Air Force Staff Sergeant E-5 Insignia of an Air Force Technical Sergeant E-6 Insignia of an Air Force Master Sergeant E-7 Insignia of an Air Force Senior Master Sergeant E-8 Insignia of an Air Force Chief Master Sergeant E-9
Airman Basic Airman Airman First Class Senior Airman Staff Sergeant Technical Sergeant Master Sergeant Senior Master Sergeant Chief Master Sergeant
2 or less $1,733 $1,943 $2,043 $2,263 $2,468 $2,694 $3,114 n/an/a
Over 2 $1,733 $1,943 $2,171 $2,378 $2,634 $2,964 $3,399 n/an/a
Over 3 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,507 $2,761 $3,095 $3,530 n/an/a
Over 4 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,635 $2,891 $3,222 $3,701 n/an/a
Over 6 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,095 $3,355 $3,836 n/an/a
Over 8 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,306 $3,653 $4,067 $4,480 n/a
Over 10 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,481 $3,770 $4,198 $4,678 $5,473
Over 12 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $3,995 $4,429 $4,801 $5,597
Over 14 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,064 $4,622 $4,948 $5,753
Over 16 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,114 $4,753 $5,107 $5,937
Over 18 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $4,892 $5,395 $6,123
Over 20 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $4,946 $5,540 $6,419
Over 22 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,129 $5,788 $6,671
Over 24 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,226 $5,926 $6,935
Over 26 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,597 $6,264 $7,340
Over 28 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,597 $6,264 $7,340
Over 30 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,597 $6,390 $7,706
Over 32 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,597 $6,390 $7,706
Over 34 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,597 $6,390 $8,092
Over 36 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,597 $6,390 $8,092
Over 38 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,597 $6,390 $8,498
Over 40 $1,733 $1,943 $2,303 $2,747 $3,502 $4,172 $5,597 $6,390 $8,498

Notes on the Enlisted Positions


Seal of the Air Force Air Force Officer Basic Pay Rates

This pay table is used to determine the monthly basic pay for commissioned officers in the Air Force. To determine your pay rate, first choose your paygrade (from O-1 to O-10) and then find the row that corresponds with your number of years' experience in the Air Force. You can also use our Air Force Pay Calculator to calculate pay and allowances.


Years Exp. Second LieutenantInsignia O-1First LieutenantInsignia O-2CaptainInsignia O-3MajorInsignia O-4Lieutenant ColonelInsignia O-5ColonelInsignia O-6Brigadier GeneralInsignia O-7Major GeneralInsignia O-8Lieutenant GeneralInsignia O-9GeneralInsignia O-10
Second Lieutenant First Lieutenant Captain Major Lieutenant Colonel Colonel Brigadier General Major General Lieutenant General General
2 or less $3,287* $3,788* $4,383* $4,985* $5,778* $6,931* $9,140* $11,000* n/an/a
Over 2 $3,422* $4,313* $4,969* $5,771* $6,509* $7,615* $9,565* $11,360* n/an/a
Over 3 $4,136* $4,968* $5,363* $6,156* $6,959* $8,114* $9,761* $11,600* n/an/a
Over 4 $4,136* $5,136* $5,847* $6,242* $7,044* $8,114* $9,917* $11,666* n/an/a
Over 6 $4,136* $5,241* $6,128* $6,599* $7,326* $8,145* $10,200* $11,965* n/an/a
Over 8 $4,136* $5,241* $6,435* $6,983* $7,494* $8,495* $10,480* $12,463* n/an/a
Over 10 $4,136* $5,241* $6,634* $7,460* $7,864* $8,541* $10,803* $12,579* n/an/a
Over 12 $4,136* $5,241* $6,961* $7,832* $8,135* $8,541* $11,125* $13,052* n/an/a
Over 14 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,090* $8,486* $9,026* $11,448* $13,188* n/an/a
Over 16 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,238* $9,023* $9,884* $12,463* $13,596* n/an/a
Over 18 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,278* $10,388* $13,320* $14,186* n/an/a
Over 20 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,530* $10,891* $13,320* $14,730* $15,546* $16,442*
Over 22 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $11,177* $13,320* $15,093* $15,771* $16,442*
Over 24 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $11,468* $13,320* $15,093* $16,094* $16,442*
Over 26 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $12,030* $13,388* $15,093* $16,442* $16,442*
Over 28 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $12,030* $13,388* $15,093* $16,442* $16,442*
Over 30 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $12,270* $13,656* $15,471* $16,442* $16,442*
Over 32 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $12,270* $13,656* $15,471* $16,442* $16,442*
Over 34 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $12,270* $13,656* $15,857* $16,442* $16,442*
Over 36 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $12,270* $13,656* $15,857* $16,442* $16,442*
Over 38 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $12,270* $13,656* $15,857* $16,442* $16,442*
Over 40 $4,136* $5,241* $7,131* $8,324* $9,817* $12,270* $13,656* $15,857* $16,442* $16,442*

Notes on the Officer Positions

O-1: For O6 and Below is Limited to Level V of the Executive Schedule in Effect During 2020 ($13,341.60)

O-10: For O7-O10 is Limited to Level II of the Executive Schedule During 2020 ($16,441.80)

O-1E: For O6 and Below is Limited to Level V of the Executive Schedule in Effect During 2020 ($13,341.60)

O-2: For O6 and Below is Limited to Level V of the Executive Schedule in Effect During 2020 ($13,341.60)

O-2E: For O6 and Below is Limited to Level V of the Executive Schedule in Effect During 2020 ($13,341.60)

O-3: For O6 and Below is Limited to Level V of the Executive Schedule in Effect During 2020 ($13,341.60)

O-3E: For O6 and Below is Limited to Level V of the Executive Schedule in Effect During 2020 ($13,341.60)

O-4: For O6 and Below is Limited to Level V of the Executive Schedule in Effect During 2020 ($13,341.60)

O-5: For O6 and Below is Limited to Level V of the Executive Schedule in Effect During 2020 ($13,341.60)

O-6: For O6 and Below is Limited to Level V of the Executive Schedule in Effect During 2020 ($13,341.60)

O-7: For O7-O10 is Limited to Level II of the Executive Schedule During 2020 ($16,441.80)

O-8: For O7-O10 is Limited to Level II of the Executive Schedule During 2020 ($16,441.80)

O-9: For O7-O10 is Limited to Level II of the Executive Schedule During 2020 ($16,441.80)

Seal of the Air Force Air Force Warrant Officer Basic Pay Rates

This pay table is used to determine the monthly basic pay for warrant officers in the Air Force. To determine your pay rate, first choose your paygrade (from W-1 to W-5) and then find the row that corresponds with your number of years' experience in the Air Force. You can also use our Air Force Pay Calculator to calculate pay and allowances.


Years of Experience W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5
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2 or less n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 2 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 3 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 4 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 6 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 8 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 10 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 12 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 14 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 16 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 18 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 20 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 22 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 24 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 26 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 28 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 30 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 32 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 34 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 36 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 38 n/an/an/an/an/a
Over 40 n/an/an/an/an/a


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