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The amount of money you can expect to earn as a military recruiter depends on a few different factors. As with any job, years of experience affects earnings, but your rank and branch of military also affect your base pay. Each branch of the military has different requirements to serve as a military recruiter, so the answer isn’t cut and dry.
To become an Army recruiter, you must be a sergeant, staff sergeant or sergeant first class and serve for at least four years in the military. Sergeants are listed under the E-5 pay grade, staff sergeants are in the E-6 grade, and sergeants first class are in the E-7 grade. As of 2011, the E-5 base pay was least $2,448 a month or $29,376 a year with four years of service, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The E-6 base pay was at least $2,729 a month or $32,748 a year with four years of service. The E-7 base pay was at least $3,135 a month or $37,620 a year with four years of service. In addition to these base wages, recruiters earn an allowance for housing when not residing on the base.
To become a Navy recruiter, you must be a petty officer second class, petty officer first class, chief petty officer or senior chief petty officer. Petty officers second class are E-5 pay grade and usually have three years of service. As of 2011, they earned base pay of at least $2,338 a month or $28,056 a year with three years of service, reports the BLS. Petty officers first class are E-6 pay grade and usually have seven years of service. Those with over six years of service earned base pay of at least $2,841 a month or $34,092 a year in 2011. All Navy recruiters are also eligible for Special Duty Assignment pay, which is an additional $450 a month, or $5,400 a year. In addition to these base wages and special duty pay, recruiters earn an allowance for housing when not residing on the base.
To become an Air Force recruiter, you must be a senior airman with at least three years of service for a four-year contract. Senior airmen are E-4 pay grade enlisted personnel. Those with over four years of experience earned base pay of at least $2,231 a month or $26,772 a year in 2011, according to the BLS. Like Navy recruiters, Air Force recruiters are eligible for Special Duty Assignment pay of $450 a month, improving earnings by as much as $5,400 a year, according to the U.S. Air Force. In addition to these base wages and special duty pay, recruiters earn an allowance for housing when not residing on the base.
Becoming a Marine Corps recruiter requires you to hold a rank of at least a corporal with at least four years in service and two years within that grade. Corporals in the Marine Corps are E-4 grade enlisted personnel. With four years of service, they earned $2,231 a month, or $26,772 a year as of 2011. In addition to base pay, Marine Corps recruiters earn an allowance for housing when not residing on the base.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook – Military Careers
- Army: Recruit the Recruiter
- United States Navy Recruiting Command: What Does It Take to Become a Navy Recruiter?
- Military.com: Navy Enlisted Advancement System Petty Office 2nd Class (E-5)
- Military.com: Navy Enlisted Advancement System Petty Office 1st Class (E-6)
- U.S. Air Force: How to Become an Air Force Recruiter
- Marine Corps: Screening/Interview Guide – Recruiting Duty
Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Dana Severson has been writing marketing materials for small-to-mid-sized businesses since 2005. Prior to this, Severson worked as a manager of business development for a marketing company, developing targeted marketing campaigns for Big G, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, among others.
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