About Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay

Dive Pay, Flight Pay, Parachute Pay and More.

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The military has many jobs that are considered hazardous and offers the men and women who choose these jobs special incentive pay. For most members of the military, they volunteered for these hazardous positions such as Pilots, SEALs, Divers, and Parachutists for instance. Communities such as the Navy Submarine community receive special pay for being onboard submarines and working with nuclear energy plants. All of these jobs are deemed more dangerous than others.

What Is Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay?

To compensate U.S. Military service members who are assigned these high-risk duties, the armed forces usually issues a special payment of $150 per month, known as Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay. There are other pays depending on the job that are more than the $150 rate and are listed below:

Assignments that Qualify for Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay

Individual on orders to perform the following duties are eligible:

Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay
Hazardous Duty incentive Pay Rates per month
Parachute - Static Line / Free Fall $150  / $225
Flight Deck Duty $150
Demolition Duty $150
Experimental Stress Duty $150
Toxic Fuels (or Propellants) Duty $150
Toxic Pesticides Duty $150
Dangerous Viruses (or Bacteria) Lab Duty $150
Chemical Munitions Duty $150
Maritime Visit, Board, Search, Seizure (VBSS) Duty $150
Polar Region Flight Operations Duty $150
Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support (WMDCS) Team $150
Rates per month

Special Note: For Parachute Duty (Jump) Pay, there are two separate amounts authorized. Regular jump pay is $150 per month. HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) Parachute Duty pay is $225 per month. Only one type payment is authorized for a qualifying period. When a member qualifies for both type duties, the higher rate of pay is authorized.

When the qualifications and requirements have been met, entitlement to hazardous duty incentive pay commences on the date the member reports for and enters on duty in compliance with competent orders. For instance, if you are a Navy Diver but stationed at the Pentagon for a tour, you could lose your dive pay since you are not stationed at a base that dives regularly. But you can still do a requalification dive every year and still receive your monthly pay IF you remain qualified in that activity.

Entitlement ceases on the effective date published in orders for termination of such duty or the date the member is detached from and no longer required to perform the hazardous duty, whichever occurs first. When a member commences hazardous duty on a date other than the first day of a month, or terminates that duty on a date other than the 30th day of a month (28th or 29th of February, as appropriate) and otherwise meets the requirements for the month, then he or she is entitled to a prorated portion of the rate of pay for the month.

Dual hazardous duty incentive pay is limited to those members required by orders to perform specific multiple hazardous duties necessary for successful accomplishment of the mission of the unit to which assigned.

Members, who qualify for incentive pay for more than one type of hazardous duty, may receive no more than two payments for the same period.

Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay is not taxable.

Air Crewmembers

Military service members that are part of the air crew are eligible for a form of Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay - more commonly known as flight pay. The following table reflects the current level of HDIP for each paygrade.

Hazardous Duty (Crew Member Non-AWAC)

Pay Grade Amount

Hazardous Duty Pay
Hazardous Duty Pay Pay Grade Amount
O-7 - O-10            $150
O-5 - O-6            $250
O-1 - O-4             $150
W-4 - W-5 $250
W-3  $175
W-1 - W-2 $150
E-7 - E-9 $240
E-6 $215
E-5 $190
E-4 $165
E-1 - E-3 $150
Pay Grade Amount

Dive Pay - Incentive for members to volunteer for, and remain in, diving duty such as Navy Divers, Navy SEAL, Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Army Divers, Marine RECON / MarSOC Divers, compensates divers for the hazardous duty. Currently, up to $340 per month may be paid to enlisted divers and up to $240 per month payable to officers.

Hardship Duty Pay – Location

You can also receive added payment depending upon where you live or are deployed. The Hazard Duty Pay – Location (HDP-L) is special pay that the Department of Defense authorizes for service members permanently stationed or serving temporarily in locations with a significantly lower quality of living than is normally experienced by service members and residents in the continental United States.

Special and Incentive Pay Index