Because a Navy pilot must be at least an officer with the rank of ensign, according to the official Navy website, the minimum regular salary as of Jan. 1, 2014, is $2,905 per month. In addition, aviators receive extra monthly flight pay.
The salary a Navy pilot makes varies greatly depending on rank and time in service. To reflect cost of living increases, Congress authorizes increases in salary almost every year. The bonus flight pay ranges from $125 a month during training to a maximum of $840 per month. Other bonuses may be given due to location or special assignments. Navy officers and enlisted personnel also get up to 30 days paid vacation a year, full health benefits and life insurance coverage, and housing and meals allowances.