Military pay is determined by the soldier's rank and years of experience in the military. The Army pay scale is the same scale for all branches of the U.S. Military.
As of 2015, the pay scale for U.S. Military soldiers begins at $1,547 per month for an officer that ranks in the E-1 category and has less than two years of experience. Soldiers must first complete four months of service in the military before they can receive the starting base pay. For the first four months, a soldier's pay is $1430.40 monthly.
The highest pay shown on the 2015 pay scale is $19,762.50 per month for an officer who has been an officer for at least 10 years and has overall 38 years of experience in the U.S. Military. An exception to this is an officer who serves as Chairman, Joint/Chief Vice Chairman, Chief of Navy Operations, Commander of the Marine Corps or special/unified forces, Air Force Chief of Staff or Army Chief of Staff. In any of these positions, the base pay is $22,147.30 per month or $265,767.60 yearly.
Base pay does not include pay modifiers or allowances. Types of pay modifiers include Hazardous Duty Pay, Combat Pay and Submarine Duty Pay. Allowances include housing allowance, clothing allowance and cost-of-living allowance. Note that housing allowance is generally provided when a military member does not live on a base. How much housing allowance is received depends on whether the member has dependents and the cost of housing in the member's area.