According to the Congressional Budget Office that average active duty service member in the Army receives a total annual compensation package worth $99,000. Noncash compensation represents about 60% of that amount. Noncash compensation includes retirement pay, subsidized housing and food, health care, child care and education.
The following chart give you a rough idea of compensation for active duty members of the Army.
|Enlisted Soldier||Civilian Job|
|Health Care||- $13,100****||ncluded|
*Compensation based on 2010 national averages extracted from http://militarypay.defense.gov – Sample based on a Sergeant (E5) with 4 years service with a family of 4 individuals. Figures do not include bonuses – which can be substantial.
**Civilian salary based on national averages from data provided by Salary Wizard' at Salary.com.
***Tax advantages are frequently overlooked when calculating total military calculations. Remember that all allowances are tax exempt.
****Health-care costs as shown in the above chart are based on a report submited by the National Coalition on Health Care for a family with four individuals.