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Marine Corps Corporal Pay

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Salary of a Corporal How much does an E-4 Corporal in the Marine Corps get paid?

A Corporal is a noncommissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps at DoD paygrade E-4. A Corporal receives a monthly basic pay salary starting at $2,046 per month, with raises up to $2,483 per month once they have served for over 6 years.

In addition to basic pay, Corporals 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 Corporal may range from $41,791.90 to $47,040.70 per year as of 2016.

Marine Corps Corporal 2016 Salary Marine Corps Corporal Basic Pay Table for 2016
Years Experience Monthly Basic Pay Yearly Basic Pay Drill Pay Hazard Pay
Starting Pay$2,046.00 / mo$24,552.00 / yr$68.20 / drill$165.00
Over 2 years$2,150.40 / mo$25,804.80 / yr$71.68 / drill$165.00
Over 3 years$2,267.10 / mo$27,205.20 / yr$75.57 / drill$165.00
Over 4 years$2,382.00 / mo$28,584.00 / yr$79.40 / drill$165.00
Over 6 years$2,483.40 / mo$29,800.80 / yr$82.78 / drill$165.00

Additional Pay & Allowances for an E-4

In addition to Basic Pay, a Corporal 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 Corporal with dependants is $1,375.83, or $1,068.37 with no dependants.

Basic Allowance for Subsistance (BAS)

All enlisted members of the Marine Corps receive a monthly allowance for food and drink of $368.29.

Enlisted members' BAS is higher than officers' BAS, as enlisted members are generally responsible for buying their own food.

Hazard Pay / Hostile Fire Pay

A Corporal may receive hazard pay of $165.00 / mo while serving in an active combat zone or subject to hostile fire or other hazards.


Military Discounts & Benefits for Marines:

In addition to basic pay and allowances, active-duty marines, 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 Corporal Corporal Pay Calculator for 2016

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

Marine Corps Corporal Pay Calculator Marine Corps Corporal Salary Calculator
E-4 Basic Pay with years service $24,552.00 per year
Average BAH allowance (no dependants) $12,820.42 per year
Average BAS allowance (enlisted) $4,419.48 per year
Total Estimated Compensation $41,791.90 per year

The Government civilian employee equivalent of a Corporal is paid under the General Schedule paygrade. To learn more, see this Marine Corps ranks to civilian General Schedule grades conversion table .