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Salary of a First Lieutenant How much does an O-2 First Lieutenant in the Air Force get paid?

A First Lieutenant is a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force at DoD paygrade O-2. A First Lieutenant receives a monthly basic pay salary starting at $3,425 per month, with raises up to $4,739 per month once they have served for over 6 years.

In addition to basic pay, First Lieutenants may receive additional pay allowances for housing and food, as well as special incentive pay for hostile fire and dangerous duties.

Including the most common pay allowances, the average total compensation for a First Lieutenant may range from $61,584.93 to $77,363.73 per year as of 2016.

Air Force First Lieutenant 2016 Salary Air Force First Lieutenant Basic Pay Table for 2016
Years Experience Monthly Basic Pay Yearly Basic Pay Drill Pay Hazard Pay
Starting Pay$3,424.50 / mo$41,094.00 / yr$114.15 / drill$150.00
Over 2 years$3,900.30 / mo$46,803.60 / yr$130.01 / drill$150.00
Over 3 years$4,491.90 / mo$53,902.80 / yr$149.73 / drill$150.00
Over 4 years$4,643.70 / mo$55,724.40 / yr$154.79 / drill$150.00
Over 6 years$4,739.40 / mo$56,872.80 / yr$157.98 / drill$150.00

Additional Pay & Allowances for an O-2

In addition to Basic Pay, a First Lieutenant may be eligible to receive several types of allowances and incentive pay.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

Basic Allowance for Housing is a monthly payment meant to subsidize a servicemember's housing while deployed. The amount of BAH received each month depends on the location in which they live.

The average Basic Housing Allowance for a First Lieutenant with dependants is $1,689.67, or $1,453.95 with no dependants.

Basic Allowance for Subsistance (BAS)

All Air Force officers receive a monthly allowance for food and drink of $253.63.

Officers' BAS is lower than the enlisted BAS rate, as officers generally have access to subsidized meals in the Officers' Mess.

Hazard Pay / Hostile Fire Pay

A First Lieutenant may receive hazard pay of $150.00 / mo while serving in an active combat zone or subject to hostile fire or other hazards.

Military Discounts & Benefits for Airmen:

In addition to basic pay and allowances, active-duty airmen, veterans, and even their families are eligible for hundreds of discounts and additional benefits offered by organizations and private companies like JetBlue , United Airlines , Verizon , and hundreds more.

Learn more about Military Discounts

Salary of a First Lieutenant First Lieutenant Pay Calculator for 2016

As this page shows, the total compensation paid to an Air Force First Lieutenant is significantly more than just basic pay. This simple pay calculator can estimate the total compensation for a First Lieutenant by adding basic pay to housing allowance (BAH) and subsistance allowance (BAS), the two largest payments received by most airmen.

Air Force First Lieutenant Pay Calculator Air Force First Lieutenant Salary Calculator
O-2 Basic Pay with years service $41,094.00 per year
Average BAH allowance (no dependants) $17,447.37 per year
Average BAS allowance (officer) $3,043.56 per year
Total Estimated Compensation $61,584.93 per year

The Government civilian employee equivalent of a First Lieutenant is paid under the General Schedule paygrade. To learn more, see this Air Force ranks to civilian General Schedule grades conversion table .