It’s True, Veterans Do Earn More Money (On Average)


Military pay seems to be a hot issue that pops up every now and then.  Recent pushes for a $15.00 an hour minimum wage for workers in industries that often require nothing higher than a highschool education has led to comparisons about what the Servicemembers do on a daily basis and the pay they receive.

The United States Census  Bureau found that the data from their 2009-2013 5-Year American Community Survey shows that for both males and females, the average pay for Veterans over the past 12 months exceeds that of the non-Veteran population in the United States.

I know what you are thinking, “this can’t be true!”.  Well, the numbers don’t lie and they are shown below with the margin of error.  Keep in mind that this is for Veterans as a whole and not limited to the pay of Active Duty Servicemembers.

Median income in the past 12 months (in 2013 inflation adjusted dollars) by Veteran status and sex for the civilian population 18 years ad over with income

Veteran Margin of Error Non-Veteran Margin of Error
Male Average Pay $37,815 per year  +/- 92 $32,347 per year  +/-84
Female Average Pay $31,647 per year  +/-171 $21,562 per year  +/-35

The question that comes up when reviewing the data above is why the average pay for female Veterans and non-Veterans is significantly lower than that of their male counterparts.

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