Base-pay is the same.
Like everyone is saying base-pay is the same.
But who pays only base-pay? Army, AF, Marines.
I will get a bunch of negative votes for this. But it is 100% true.
The Navy pays more more than any other service.
The Navy's SRB is the highest.
Every time you Re-Enlist they are offering a cap of $90k in front of you. [it changes depending on what your rate / NEC is. If your job is hard and requires a lot of schooling, then your SRB is higher].
The Navy routinely sees tax-free service. It is common to service for decades where your salary is completely tax-free. I was tax-free from 1983 until I retired in 2001. The Army, AF, Marines will only see tax-free status while they are being shot at.
While most solders, marines and airmen are being paid 'base pay'; sailors routinely will bring home three to four times more.
In my case, base pay was commonly 1/4 of my take home paycheck.
If you want money to party with; if you want money to invest with; if you want money for college; then go for the highest pay.
There will be folks who will lie to you, they will say that all military gets paid the same. Just ask any navy recruiter how much the current SRB level is for a ET1 Nuclear Reactor Operator, buckle your seatbelt, as it will take a few minutes for him to look it up, but then $90k will be his answer.
I was not a nuc, but I got $65k every 4 years when I re-upped.
Also when you look at the pay charts, keep in mind that the Navy commonly pays sailors bunches of the extra pays and allowances.
During most of my career, I got:
Career sub pay,
Career sea pay,
Sea pay kicker,
Female separation pay,
All in addition to base pay.