Chdmcmanus From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 374 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 12649 times:
In the USAF your pay as an officer is soley based upon your grade. Certain jobs (including Pilots) have extra pay because of the type of job, IE Flight pay for pilots, that is based on experience/duty requirements (years qualified/how often you fly a desk). On top of this, if the individual decides to sign a contract for an extended commitment (ie 10 years) they receive a bonus that is broken up across the time. So Pilot pay in the USAF is;
Base pay for Grade (Rank) + Flight pay (based on years qualified) + Bonus for commitment time.
It doesn't matter what you fly, as long as you are rated. The rank does not determine you aviation rating, but experience does, thus time=promotion (for most) and thus you generally find 2nd/1st Lt. and young Cpt's as co-pilot; Captain / young Majors as MWS (Major Weapons System, anything established as an operational entity, not soley for training) A/C (Aircraft Commander); and older Cpt's and Majors as Instructor and Evaluator pilots. Above Major, the flight pay is reduced, as the Officer is required to be more and more of a desk jockey, and they attach Chief of xxxx to their name. By the rank of Colonel, your pretty much useless as an aviator, fly pay is next to nil, your way past bonus pay, so your back to just base pay, which is a nice chunk of money any way, because your a Colonel.
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12505 times:
Chd is fairly correct, allow me to help clarify a bit.
Officer pay is officer pay, whatever the job. (As a flying O-3 I make the same base payas a finance pog O-3 and so forth in the 4-6 year range)
Depending on where you live your BAH-Basic allowance for Housing (Untaxable) can vary greatly based on local cost of living. This goes up with rank and if you have a dependent.
There are three Rated Line Officer aviation jobs in the Air Force
13B Air Battle Manager
-(13A is an astronaut and there are not many and it is not an 'extra' rating)
-(Flight doctors are not 'Line' officers)
These three positions all have the same Aviation incentive pay, no matter the airplane, or even if you take a ground billet after initial flying
The Day you start on flight orders you get $125 extra a month (taxable) as 'flight pay'
After 24 months of flying it goes up to $156 a month, a year later $188, and the 4 year point it hits $206 a month etc etc. Here is the full list:
Less than 2 $125
More than 2 $156
More than 3 $188
More than 4 $206
More than 6 $450
More than 8 $650
More than 14 $840
More than 22 $585
More than 23 $495
More than 24 $385
More than 25 $250
All aviators must meet 'Flying Gates' to keep their flight pay.
You meet your first gate at the 12 year point of flying-----
-8 years of operational flying duty as of their 12th year of aviation service in order to receive continuous flight pay through 18 years of service.
-10 years of operational flying duty as of their 18 year of aviation service in order to receive continuous flight pay through 22 years of service.
-12 years of operational flying duty as of their 18th year of aviation service in order to receive continuous flight pay through 25 years of service.
The only differences in the career field pay are the bonuses.
I got to sign up for my bonus after just 4 years. Pilots and Navigators must wait around 8-10 years for bonuses to kick in. (Though ABM service commitments have gone up from 3 to 6 years for new folks)
The 13B bonus is $15,000 a year extra (AWACS and JSTARS), every year, for 5 years of service. Navigator bonuses are the same any airframe. 11x Pilot bonuses are higher but you must wait a while to sign up. (Usually ~10 years) About 25,000$ a year any airframe.
Does this answer your question?
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