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All branches of service have the same pay scale so an E-1 in the Marines gets the same as a E-1 in the Army.
Now what can make a difference would be other stipends that come into play as in Hazard pay, which is dependant on the MOS(job) you end up getting or during time of war. Also there is BAH Basic Allowance for Housing with also can increase if you have dependants as well.
There are a number of other allowances and Incentive to calculate into this. But your not going to get rich in the enlisted military. You should look for a MOS that will help you if you so decide to go back to the private sector(regular civilian life). Also keep in mind that USAF generally have an easier life, there is no enlisted combat segment.
__Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay
__2013 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates
__2013 Basic Allowance for Subsistence
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As everyone else here has said, each branch pays base on the same pay scale. While guidelines for promotion are quite similar, each branch of service has slightly different timelines and requirements in order to promote but nothing significant. There is always a minimum time in one grade before promotion. For certain ranks all that is required is a commander and supervisor's recommendation. Other ranks require a weighted evaluation system where a percentage of the people across that branch that scored highest receive a promotion. A bachelor's degree is required for commissioned service in all the branches as well. The real question is not so much which branch is best paying, but instead which branch is the best fit? By choosing the branch that is the best fit, a person can be afforded the opportunity to progress to their potential. Choosing a branch by the best fit mentality should take into account what trade or skills that could be used in the military afterlife. The idea here is that no one ever really gets rich by being in the military, but generally you are afforded a modest living with a rewarding system of compensation that gets better with a combination of time and how much you put into the job. The skills that you learn come for free and can be used to gain other employment later in life. If you are concerned with receiving great pay, choose a military career that offers the initial skills that can lead up to a great paying job after military life and use any/all educational benefits that are offered during and/or after service.
All branches pay the same base pay. Things that improve your pay would be language pay, flight pay, hazardous duty pay, and a few others. When you move off base you can recieve a food allowance and a housing allowance, but that's only after you have been in long enough to rank up, and if the dorms are close to maximum capacity.
As Adam Mingledorff stated all branched pay the same. With that being said it makes it easier to focus on a branch/field that best suits or inspires you. each branch has its perceived advantages and disadvantages.