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Pay (Basic & Drill)

The 2017 Military Pay Table is online! The updated pay rates are effective Jan. 1, 2017. Older pay tables are also available if needed.


  • BAH/Housing Allowances:
  • Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) and government meal rates.:

    Here are the 2018 BAS and meal rates:

    1. Officers: $254.39
    2. Enlisted: $369.39
    3. Enlisted Daily Standard Meal Rate (CGSMR) deduction: $11.85 per day. Note: Click here to learn more about BAS and payment for government provided mealsfile on pdf format.

      2018 Food Service Meal Rates (Ref: ALCGFINANCE 044/17):

      Meal CG Standard
      Meal Rate
      Meal Rate
      Breakfast 2.55 4.10
      Lunch 4.65 7.70
      Dinner 4.65 7.70
      Midnight rations 2.55 4.10
    4. Reserve IDT Subsistence Allowance:
      1. Breakfast -$2.55
      2. Lunch - $4.65
      3. Dinner - $4.65
    5. Cadet COMRATS. The subsistence allowance is applicable when in a leave or temporary duty status, and is equal to the daily rate for an enlisted member receiving Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS). Effective 1 January 2018, the daily rate is $12.30. 
  • Clothing and Uniform Allowances
  • Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)
    • Overseas Cost of Living Allowances (OUTCONUS COLA): The Overseas Cost of Living Allowance (OUTCONUS COLA) is a non-taxable allowance designed to offset the higher overseas prices of non-housing goods and services. It affects approximately 250,000 Service members at 600 locations overseas, including Alaska and Hawaii. Approximately $2 billion is paid in Overseas Cost of Living Allowances annually.

      To calculate the amount of Overseas COLA that will be paid for a specific location by rank and number of years of service visit the Overseas COLA Calculator.

      NewPPC Procedures & Development (P&D) OUTCONUS Cost of Living Allowance Presentation. Watch this four minute video presentation to learn about OUTCONUS COLA. We' explain how OUTCONUS COLA is calculated, how you can determine the amount you'll be paid, answer some frequently asked questions, and discuss dependent changes that you must report to your command.

    • CONUS Cost of Living Allowance (COLA): CONUS COLA compensates for a portion of excess non-housing costs incurred by uniformed Service members in CONUS locations, where non-housing costs are at least 8 percent above the CONUS average. CONUS COLA varies by pay grade, years of service (YOS), and whether or not the member has dependents. An average E-6, with dependents and 10 years of service, receives $37 per month for each COLA index point. Index points currently range from one to fourteen.

      To calculate the amount of CONUS COLA that will be paid for a specific location by rank and number of years of service visit the CONUS COLA Calculator . Also, here is a list of locations for 2018 eligible for CONUS COLA.


  • Family Separation Allowance (FSA). Effective October 1, 2002, FSA is payable in a monthly amount of $250.

Special Pay

  • Career Sea Pay (2017 Five Levels)
    1. WLI, WYTL, ATOS
    2. WTGB, 87' WPB, 110' WPB, WLIC, WLR, WLM
    3. WLBB, WLB, WPC, TDY aboard non-USCG CSP-Eligible Vessels, TACLET
    4. EAGLE WIX, WMEC, WHEC (except AK homeported WMEC & WHEC), WMSM (except AK homeported WMSM), PATFORSWA WPB & Cutter Support Team, Permanent Duty on CSP-Eligible vessels ICW USN Exchange & Foreign Navy Assignment Programs.
    5. WAGB, WMSL, Kodiak, AK homeported: WHEC, WMEC, WMSM
  • Career Sea Pay Premium (CSEAPAY PREM). The monthly rate of CSEAPAY PREM is $100. See Career Sea Pay Premium Start Date Calculator for more information.
  • Bonuses.

    Aviation Bonus (AvB) Program:: Aviation Incentive Pay (AvIP) and Bonus (AvB) Program, COMDTINST 7220.20, establishes policies, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures concerning eligibility and requirements for receipt of aviation incentive pays and bonuses.

    ALCOAST 157/16 announced several  bonus programs for multiple rates along with waivers of certain eligibility requirements. ALCOAST 289/17 continues these bonus programs through fiscal year 2018. The PPC Military Accounts Support Bonus Team (MAS-Bonus) has created a SRB Knowledge Guide)file in pdf format and a SRB Eligibility Checklist (December 2016)file in pdf format to assist in counseling members on Selective Reenlistment Bonuses (SRBs).

  • Selected Reserve (SELRES) Bonuses:

    Per ALCOAST 108/18, effective 1 April 2018, the following SELRES bonuses and special pays are authroized:

    • SELRES new enlistment.
    • SELRES prior service enlistment.
    • SELRES affiliation.
    • Designated Unit Pay (DUP).  Per ALCOAST 108/18, effective 1 April 2018, DUP is authorized at  $15 per Inactive Duty Training Period (IDT) and Additional Training Period (ATP) drills for reservists assigned to a PSU, CORIVRON, or CORIVGRU. Direct Access (DA) is programmed to pay DUP automatically when a member drills at a designated unit. No member/unit action is necessary beyond scheduling, approving, and finalization of the drill information in DA as the would normally do. 
  • Diving Duty Pay. Special pay for diving duty is payable to members who qualify and who are issued orders for duty involving diving under the provisions of Coast Guard Diving Policies and Procedures Manual, COMDTINST M3150.1 (series). These members are entitled to receive this special pay, provided they maintain their status as qualified divers.
    Classifications Monthly Rate
    Ship Salvage Diving Officer/Basic Dive Officer (SSDO) $240.00
    Diver Second Class (DV-2) $165.00
    Officer with SCUBA training only(DV) $165.00
    Officer performing diving duty at school under instructions in a course above "Diver Second Class" (DUI) $150.00
    Master Diver (MDV) $340.00
    Diver First Class (DV-1) $215.00
    Diver Second Class (DV-2) $150.00
    SCUBA Diver (DV) $150.00
    Medical deep-sea diving technician (DV-M) $215.00
    Enlisted member performing diving duty under instruction unless entitled to higher rate (DUI) 150.00
  • Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP)

    Note: Per ALCOAST ACN 009/18, FLPP rate changes effective 1 January 2018 have been rescinded. The following rates are authorized.
    Effective 01 October 2011, the monthly rates for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) increased and the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) score levels for which FLPP is paid expanded. The rates and FLPP levels WERE as follows:

    01 OCT 2011 - 31 DECEMBER 2017
    INTERPRETER 1 1+/1+ $100
    INTERPRETER 2 1+/2 OR 2/1 + $125
    INTERPRETER 3 2/2 OR 2+/2 OR 2/2+ $150
    INTERPRETER 4 3/2 OR 2/3 OR 2 +/2+ $200
    LINGUIST 1 3/2+ OR 2+/3 $250
    LINGUIST 2 3/3 OR HIGHER $300
  • Hardship Duty Pay. updated
  • Physician Assistants Board Certified Pay.Officers of the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve on Active Duty for Training (ADT) or active duty for another purpose, who are designated by Commandant (CG-112) as Physician Assistants are entitled to Board Certified Pay for Physician Assistants in equal monthly amounts when entitled to Basic Pay.
    Monthly rates based on creditable service as a physician assistant:
    Less than 10 years $166.66
    10 years or more but less than 12 years $208.33
    12 years or more but less than 14 years $250.00
    14 years or more but less than 18 years $333.33
    18 or more years $416.66
  • Reserve Designated Unit Pay (DUP). Per ALCOAST 108/18, effective 1 April 2018, DUP is authorized at  $15 per Inactive Duty Training Period (IDT) and Additional Training Period (ATP) drills for reservists assigned to a PSU, CORIVRON, or CORIVGRU. Direct Access (DA) is programmed to pay DUP automatically when a member drills at a designated unit. No member/unit action is necessary beyond scheduling, approving, and finalization of the drill information in DA as the would normally do. 
  • Responsibility Pay. Responsibility Pay is authorized for commanding officers of Coast Guard vessels. Responsibility Pay is paid at the following monthly rates:
    Pay Grade Rate of Pay
    LCDR (O4)and below $50.00
    CDR (O5) $100.00
    CAPT (O6) $150.00
  • Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP). Updated
  • Special Pay - Duty Subject to Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger: : $225 per month (See DoD Financial Management Regulation, 7000.14-R, Volume 7A, Chapter 10, Figure 10-1 for locations)Adobe Acrobat Required.

    Note: On 1 January 2012 Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay changed from a monthly entitlement to a prorated day-for-day entitlement. Members who performed qualifying service in designated areas prior to this change are entitled to the full monthly amount, $225, for service during any part of a month (i.e. 1 day in a designated area = $225). Members who perform qualifying service for less than a full month, on after 1 January 2012, will receive a daily prorated amount (i.e. 1 day in a designated area = $7.50).

Incentive Pay

  • Aviation Incentive Pay (AvIP) (Effective 01 Jan 2018). See  Aviation Incentive Pay (AvIP) and Bonus (AvB) Program, COMDTINST 7220.20, for more information.
    Monthly Avip Rates
    AvIP is payable on a monthly basis in the amounts described in Table 1 of COMDTINST 7220.20 not to exceed
    $840.00 per month to aviators while serving in a DIFOPS, DIFPRO, or AvIP-authorized DIFDEN assignment
    Monthly Maximum AvIP Rates YAS
    Monthly Maximum Amount
    2 or less $125
    Over 2 $156
    Over 3 $188
    Over 4 $206
    Over 6 $650
    Over 14 $840
    Over 22 $585
    Over 23 $495
    Over 24 $385
    Over 25 $250
  • Aviation Career Incentive Pay (ACIP) (Terminated 31 Dec 2017)
    Monthly ACIP Rates
    Years of Aviation Service (including flight training) as an Officer
    2 or less $125
    Over 2 $156
    Over 3 $188
    Over 4 $206
    Over 6 $650
    Over 14 $840
    Over 22 $585
    Over 23 $495
    Over 24 $385
    Over 25 $250
  • Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (Crew and Non Crew Flight Pay)
    • Non-crew Members (Officer and Enlisted): $150.00
    • Crew Member Flying Incentive Pay:
    Pay Grade Monthly Amount Pay Grade Monthly Amount Pay Grade Monthly Amount
    0-10 150.00 W-4 250.00 E-9 240.00
    0-9 150.00 W-3 175.00 E-8 240.00
    0-8 150.00 W-2 150.00 E-7 240.00
    0-7 150.00 W-1 150.00 E-6 215.00
    0-6 250.00     E-5 190.00
    0-5 250.00     E-4 165.00
    0-4 225.00     E-3 150.00
    0-3 175.00     E-2 150.00
    0-2 150.00     E-1 150.00
    0-1 150.00      
  • Flight Deck Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (FDHDIP): Officer & Enlisted - $150.00 (monthly amount)
  • High-Pressure Chamber Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (HDIP): Officer and Enlisted - $150.00 (monthly amount)
  • Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay for Visit, Board, Search and Seizure Boarding Teams (HDIP-VBSS): $150.00 (monthly amount)
  • Career Status Bonus (CSB): $30,000 Click for more information!.


Special Leave Accrual (SLA) for Contingency Operations During FY2017 (ACN 098/17)


  • Combat Tax Exclusion Adobe Acrobat Required (DOD PAYMAN, Chap 44, Par 440103.A - Combat Zone Defined and Figure 44-2 Combat Zone Tax Relief Areas)

    For an officer (O-1 and above), the amount of the maximum Combat Tax Exclusion in effect for a qualifying month equals the sum of the highest rate of enlisted basic pay payable (For 2017 this amount is $8,160.20) and the amount of hostile fire/imminent danger pay actually payable to the officer for the qualifying month ($225.00).

  • Federal Income Tax Withholding (FITW): Please see IRS Notice 1036, Copies of the 2018 Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholdingpdf icon for current FITW rates (Refer to Table 4, Monthly Payroll Period)updated.

    The IRS has released withholding guidance to implement the tax reform bill signed into law on December 22.  We anticipate  implementing the changes in February. The IRS emphasizes this information is designed to work with the existing Forms W-4 that employees have already filed, and no further action by taxpayers is needed at this time. 
    Use of the new 2018 withholding guidelines will allow taxpayers to begin seeing the changes in their paychecks as early as February.  In the meantime, employers and payroll service providers should continue to use the existing 2017 withholding tables and systems.

  • FICA: For 2018, the wage base for withholding social security (old age, survivors, and disability insurance) is $128,400. There is no wage base limit for Medicare (hospital insurance). For social security, the tax rate is 6.2% each for employers and employees. For Medicare, the rate is 1.45% each for employers and employees. Also, as of January 2013, individuals with earned income of more than $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) pay an additional 0.9 percent in Medicare taxes.

  • State Tax Withholding Changes:







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                   4/10/2018 8:38:35 AM