The base salary of a fighter jet pilot serving in the U.S. military depends on the rank and length of service of the pilot. As of 2014, base monthly salaries range widely, from $2,905 to $19,763.
Most pilots of fixed-wing aircraft in the military are commissioned officers. Ten ranks, or pay grades, exist for officers. An officer of the lowest rank who has less than two years of service earns a base salary of $2,905 a month. An officer of the highest pay grade who has served for more than 30 years earns $19,763 a month. A midgrade officer with a rank of O-4 and eight to 10 years of service earns $6,171 a month.