Highest-Paying Military Careers

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

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Military Power Plant Electricians

Power plant electricians in the Military maintain and repair electricity-generating equipment in mobile and stationary power plants. They may work in power plants on land or aboard ships and submarines. They provide maintenance for different types of power-generating equipment, including nuclear power plants.

  • Average Salary:$51,340
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Infantry

Members of the infantry are ground troops that engage with the enemy in close-range combat. They operate weapons and equipment to engage and destroy enemy ground forces. This job is typically considered to be the job in the Military that is more physically demanding and psychologically stressful than any other job.  

  • Average Salary:$50,887
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Computer Repairers

Some electrical instrument and equipment repairers focus on repairing the vast computer systems and networks operated in the Military. Computer repairers install, configure, test, troubleshoot, and repair computer systems (both hardware and software) that are used for both combat and noncombat missions. They may also provide technical assistance to system users.

  • Average Salary:$50,201
  • Most Common Education: Associate's degree

Military Flight Operations Specialists

Flight operations specialists help with administrative functions that are necessary to keep military aircraft up and running. They prepare flight schedules and authorizations, administer aircrew training and qualification testing, perform airfield inspections, and maintain flight logs and other records.  These specialists help ensure that both the aircraft personnel and equipment are prepared for mission accomplishment.

  • Average Salary:$49,758
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Firefighters

Military firefighters do much more than fight fires. They also perform inspections to minimize fire dangers, provide first aid to accident victims, and respond to hazardous materials spills. They assist civilian fire departments when needed.

  • Average Salary:$49,491
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Dietetic Support Specialists

Dietetic support specialists perform basic clinical dietetic functions in the dietary management and treatment of patients in nutrition clinics, clinical dietetics branches, health promotion, and wellness clinics. They perform nutritional assessments and screening of individual patients for nutritional risk followed by procuring, storing, preparing, and serving regular and therapeutic diets and nourishment. They establish production controls and standards for quantity and quality of foods. Additionally, they complete administrative tasks related to medical dietary cases such as screening patients, obtaining histories, and recording data.

  • Average Salary:$49,185
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Water and Sewage Treatment Plant Operators

Military bases operate their own water treatment plants, which provide drinking water and safely dispose of sewage when public facilities cannot be used. Water and sewage treatment plant operators control processes and equipment that remove pollutants from the water so that it is safe to drink and can be returned safely to natural areas or be reused. Water and sewage treatment plant operators run the equipment, control the processes, and monitor the plants that treat the water.

  • Average Salary:$49,104
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Graphic Designers and Desktop Publishers

Graphic designers and desktop publishers use their creativity in the areas of production, maintenance, and coordination related to visual products and presentations. They use computer software or manually develop the overall layout and production design for various media such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports.

  • Average Salary:$49,026
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Protective Services Specialists

In the Military, protective services specialists perform, plan, coordinate, and execute protective service missions for personnel in high-risk and high-profile positions who are potential targets of terrorism. They are responsible for protective service tactics, anti-ambush operations, counter surveillance operations, evasive driving techniques, and physical security.

  • Average Salary:$48,956
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Military Dog Handlers

Military dog handlers are in charge of the basic care and training of military working dogs, which are generally used for drug interdiction, locating lost or wanted persons, or bomb-sniffing missions. They perform specialized duties in law enforcement, physical security, anti-terrorism operations, and detection of explosives and/or illicit drugs in the military community, utilizing an assigned military working dog.

  • Average Salary:$48,956
  • Most Common Education: High school