Pay & Allowances


In the Air Force you'll earn a good salary from day one, plus a comprehensive package that includes generous superannuation and a variety of allowances.


Earn a competitive salary plus more

You'll enjoy all this when you join the Air Force:

A good salary as you train (and learn to fly, if a Pilot)

Trade and technical salaries comparable to civilian positions

$13,448 p.a. compensation for the unique needs of military service

$419 to $682 p.a. allowance to help you maintain your uniform

Bonuses for overseas deployments, peacekeeping and other missions

Pay increases with length of service, skills acquired and rank


See how it all stacks up


OFFICER EXAMPLE

Laura (aged 24) has completed her military and employment training and now works as an Air Combat Officer. She earns:


Base salary

$57,807

Service Allowance

$13,118

Uniform Allowance

$682

Total p.a. (ex. superannuation)

$71,607


AIRMAN / AIRWOMAN EXAMPLE

Tony (aged 24) has completed his military and employment training and now works as an Aircraft Technician. He earns:


Base salary

$50,282

Service Allowance

$13,118

Uniform Allowance

$419

Total p.a. (ex. superannuation)

$63,819


Get paid to acquire skills

The Air Force is just about the only place you'll get paid to learn to fly. We pay everyone else as they train too, including support crew members, apprentices, engineers, technicians, administrators and medical personnel. The amount you receive will depend on what stage you're at and which scheme you are studying under. For example:

Recruit

$35,151 p.a.

Trainee

$40,173 - $45,194 p.a.

Undergraduate

$30,003 p.a. (in first year of four years) to $46,368 p.a. (in final year of study)

Graduate (Medical)

$58,096 p.a. (in first year) to $69,058 p.a. (during internment)