The DoD pays its troops an average of $61,244. The average American earns $63,000. However, the base salary is only one part of a soldier’s benefits. He or she also also receive a tax-free housing allowance, food allowance, other tax advantages and healthcare without premiums. And they can get re-enlistment bonuses, danger pay and more.
In fact, check out this 2018 study by the Brookings Institution on how “over the last 18 years, active duty military pay increases significantly outpaced their civilian counterparts.”
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