As of 2015, annual salaries for Air Force officers range from $33,941 for a second lieutenant with less than two years experience to $230,879 for generals with more than 40 years experience. Pay increases with rank and years of active service and may include additional bonuses.
Officers and their families receive free or low-cost medical and dental benefits, life insurance, monthly allowances for food and travel, 30 annual paid vacation days, low-cost on-base living, tuition assistance, attractive retirement packages and access to a variety of other programs.
Officers enter the Air Force with the rank of second lieutenant (O-1) and are subsequently promoted through the ranks based on performance to first lieutenant (O-2), captain (O-3), major (O-4), lieutenant colonel (O-5), colonel (O-6), brigadier general (O-7), major general (O-8), lieutenant general (O-9) and general (O-10).
Individuals may become an officer by attending Officer Training School after earning a four-year college degree, attending the Air Force Academy after high school, joining the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps while in college or enlisting into the Air Force and striving to become an officer. To attend Officer Training School, airmen must be between 18 and 34 years old, U.S. citizens and have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree.