Highest-Paying Military Careers

These top-paying jobs in the Military require specialized training in addition to service commitments.

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Military Programmers and Developers

Computer programmers and developers write, analyze, design, and develop programs that are critical to war-fighting capabilities and allow computer applications and software programs to function properly. From maintenance tracking programs to programs that organize and display intelligence data, they ensure the Military has the software and programs needed to complete missions efficiently and effectively. They work in offices or at computer sites on military bases or aboard ships.

  • Average Salary:$118,839
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Chaplains

Military chaplains administer broad religious programs designed to meet the needs of the military community.  They offer spiritual care and ensure all military members and their families have opportunities to exercise their constitutional entitlement to the free exercise of religion. They provide religious services, religious accommodation, pastoral care, unit engagement, and counseling to meet the diverse needs of military members.

  • Average Salary:$118,154
  • Most Common Education: Master's Degree

Military Religious Program Specialists

Religious program specialists assist military chaplains in building a culture of spiritual care and facilitating the free exercise of religion for military service members and their families. As experts in religious diversity, they conduct worship services, provide pastoral counseling, and offer crisis intervention.  They also advise leaders at all levels on religious accommodation, ethical, and moral issues.

  • Average Salary:$118,154
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Clinical Pharmacologists

Clinical pharmacologists are experts in the application of drug therapy to the medical field. They examine, diagnose, and treat adults using their knowledge of drug therapy, drug interactions, and adverse reactions to drugs. With the accelerating advances in the pharmaceutical industry, these specialists are critical for providing medical care to patients who are on multiple medications.

  • Average Salary:$118,007
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training

Military Public Affairs Officers

Public Affairs Officers research, plan, budget, execute, and evaluate operations involving the public. They liaise with the news media and provide guidance to senior leaders on decisions that impact mission success.

  • Average Salary:$117,798
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Epidemiologists/Infectious Disease Physicians

Epidemiologists/infectious disease physicians are on the front lines of global health, particularly in the wake of major disease outbreaks like Ebola in 2014, natural disasters like the Nepal earthquakes of 2015, HIV/AIDS, deliberate release of microorganisms, and antimicrobial resistance. Physicians who specialize in epidemiology and infectious disease study the causes, patterns, and effects of diseases in the Military community.  They oversee laboratory tests to confirm infectious diseases and study modes of transmission. They recommend treatment protocols as well as initiatives for disease prevention and control.

  • Average Salary:$117,456
  • Most Common Education: Master's Degree

Military Allergists and Immunologists

Physicians and surgeons who specialize in allergy and immunology focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases caused by allergic reactions. They examine patients and prescribe specific tests to identify the allergens causing a certain reaction. Military allergists and immunologists interpret test results and prescribe specific treatments.

  • Average Salary:$116,517
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training

Military Nuclear Engineers

Nuclear engineers direct research and development to capitalize on the energy released in nuclear reactions. In the Military, these engineers oversee projects that apply nuclear technology to weapons systems as well as nuclear power plants. They are responsible for maintaining the security of nuclear weapons, and the safety of all personnel that work with nuclear materials.  

  • Average Salary:$116,097
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Judges

Military judges are selected by the Judge Advocate General and play many roles in the Military. They preside in trials, interpret the law, assess the evidence presented, and control how hearings and trials unfold in their courtrooms.

  • Average Salary:$114,779
  • Most Common Education: Doctoral degree

Military Lawyers

A military lawyer's job is similar to a civilian lawyer in their day-to-day duties. Representing clientele under jurisdiction of military courts and law is the primary difference. Military lawyers handle a wide variety of legal issues including international law, operations law, environmental law, as well as military and civilian personnel issues. From trial preparation to post-trial actions, lawyers provide important legal counsel every step of the way.

  • Average Salary:$114,779
  • Most Common Education: First professional degree