Starting pay for those who enlist in the Marines is $1,416.30 per month, according to the Under Secretary of Defense's January 2014 report. The salary of someone in the Marines varies based on time of service, rank and cost of living.
There are a number of different types of opportunities within the Marines, which determines how much someone gets paid for their service. From the moment they enlist and begin training, they start to receive a paycheck. After serving 20 years in the Marines, personnel are then eligible to receive a pension and other retirement benefits, which makes it easy and affordable for them to retire. Many people will use this as an opportunity to find a second career.