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E-1 Basic Pay Rate - Enlisted Military Payscales

Paygrade E-1

E-1 is the 1st enlisted paygrade in the United States military, with monthly basic pay ranging from $1,917.60 for an entry-level E-1 to $1,917.60 per month for E-1 personnel with over 40 years of experience. The basic pay rate of an E-1 is $1,917.60* There is no basic pay applicable to E-1 after two years of experience. This is because service members in pay grades E-1 through E-3 are usually either in some kind of training status or on their initial assignment. In the basic training phase, recruits are immersed in military culture and values and are taught the core skills required by their service component.


The civilian equivalent of this military grade is roughly GS-1 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

While personnel on the E-1 pay grade across all of the US armed services are paid the same basic pay rates, your final take home pay will also include allowances and bonuses such as BAH, BAS, hazard pay, and sea pay, which can vary between the services.

Ranks paid on the E-1 payscale include:

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Basic Pay:

Drill Pay:

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For an E-1 with
years of experience.

Use the slider below to calculate the basic pay and drill pay for an E-1 at varying years in his or her military career.

2 or less years

Over 40 years

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