Military doctors are commissioned officers who serve in the ranks of O-1 (Lieutenant) through O-10 (General). Doctors in the military are required to complete the same schooling and training that civilian doctors complete. Military officers receive basic pay for performing their job duties and military duties, and allowances for housing and meals. They also receive special pay and allowances. Military earnings are set forth by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Military Pay Charts and approved by Congress.
Basic Pay is based upon two factors: the doctor's military rank and the amount of time the doctor has served in the military. Basic Pay as of 2014 ranges from $2,905 per month for an O-1 Lieutenant with less than two years of military service, to $19,763 for an O-10 General with more than 40 years of military service. Officers are not required to retire at 20 years of service; they may serve longer if they wish.
Officers receive a housing allowance known as BAH, or Basic Allowance for Housing, as long as they live off-base or off-post. This entitlement is based upon the city and state where the officer resides. BAH rates range from a low of $864 per month in Boise, Idaho to a high of $3,744 per month in New York City.
Doctors who live off-base or off-post also receive money to help offset the cost of their food and other incidentals each month. This allowance is called BAS (Basic Allowance for Subsistence) and is paid to officers in the monthly amount of $246.24.
Doctors receive additional allowances while deployed to combat zones, just as other military members do. Hazardous Duty Pay is an extra $150 per month and Hostile Fire Pay is an additional $225 per month. In addition, doctors who have families receive an extra $250 per month in Family Separation Pay.
- Photo Credit monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images
How Much Money Doctors Make?
Medical doctors hold one of the most respected careers in America. While most careers typically require a four-year college education, becoming a...
How to Become a Doctor in the Military
Military doctors care for active-duty personnel, retired and disabled veterans, and military family members. They work in military base hospitals, veterans’ clinics,...
How to Become a Doctor in the Air Force
Air Force doctors work in diverse specialties including aerospace medicine, infectious disease and family medicine. They treat military members and their families...
How Do I Become a Navy Doctor?
Doctors in the Navy serve as officers in the Navy Medical Corps. They provide the same medical services as civilian doctors to...
- Navy Physician Salary
- How Much Money Does an Officer in the Army Make?
How Much Money Do Orthopedic Doctors Make?
An orthopedic doctor, or orthopedic surgeon, specializes in the diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical treatment of ailments afflicting the human musculo-skeletal system....
- How Much Does a Podiatrist Make in a Year?
- Army Medical Doctor Salary
- How Much Does a Heart Doctor Make in a Year?