New pay structure approved

On December 5, the Russian government approved the new pay structure for the Russian military. As before, the pay structure consists of two main parts: position pay and rank pay, with a 2:1 ratio between these two parts. In addition, there are various bonuses, such as danger pay, hardship pay, additional pay for working with classified materials, etc. I won’t cover the bonuses here, as the government decree did not address these topics.

First, rank pay

Military rank

Monthly pay

(rubles)

Marshal

30000

Army general or admiral (4 stars)

27000

Brigadier Colonel general or admiral (3 stars)

25000

Lt. general, Vice admiral (2 stars)

22000

Major general, Rear admiral (1 star)

20000

Colonel, Captain 1st rank

13000

Lt. Colonel, Captain 2nd rank

12000

Major, Captain 3rd rank

11500

Captain, Captain lieutenant

11000

Senior lieutenant

10500

Lieutenant

10000

Junior lieutenant

9500

Chief warrant officer or midshipman

8500

Warrant officer or midshipman

8000

Master sergeant or chief ship petty officer

7500

Senior sergeant or chief petty officer

7000

Sergeant or petty officer 1st class

6500

Junior sergeant or petty officer 2nd class

6000

Private 1st class (efreitor) or senior seaman

5500

Private or seaman

5000

And position pay:

Position

Monthly pay (rubles)

First Deputy Minister of Defense

45000

Deputy Minister of Defense

44000

Commander of a service (ground forces, navy, air force)

42000

Head of a chief directorate, commander of a branch of the armed forces (rocket forces, VDV, etc)

40000

Deputy head of a chief directorate, commander of a combined army

37000

Head of a directorate

36000

Deputy head of directorate

34000

Department head

31500

Deputy department head

30000

Head of a group in a department

29000

Senior officer in a directorate

28000

Officer in a directorate

26500

Corps commander, directorate head at unified strategic command HQ

32500

Division commander

30500

Department head at unified strategic command HQ

29500

Brigade commander, department head in combined army HQ

29000

Regiment commander

26500

Senior officer at unified strategic command HQ

26000

Senior officer at combined army command HQ

25500

Officer at unified strategic command HQ

25000

Officer at combined army command HQ

24500

Battalion commander

24000

Company commander

22000

Platoon leader

20000

Squad leader

15000

Contract soldier initial pay

10000

Cadet

7000

What does this translate into? The starting salary for a contract soldier is $6000 a year, compared to an average salary in Russia of $9000 a year in 2010. That’s not bad for a starting salary. Anyone with a position of squad leader or above is pretty much guaranteed to be making more than the average Russian salary, and this is before bonuses. A company commander (typically a captain or major) will be making 50 percent more than the average salary. Plus, of course, housing is provided (though the quality of the housing may be quite poor in some locations).

So it seems to me that the Russian government has now followed through on its stated intent of making service in the Russian military financially attractive. Time will tell how this will impact on the recruitment and retention of contract soldiers and junior officers. Also, we will have to see whether the budget can handle the additional expense. But it certainly seems to be another step in the right direction for the reformers.

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