“The Indian Air Force which is one of the three major wings of the ‘Indian Armed Forces’ (the other two being army and navy) was incorporated in 1932 on 8th October. The primary task of the IAF is to defend the Indian airspace. This article throw light on Indian Air Force salary. Scroll down for beautiful description their salary”

The IAF has played a stellar role in defending the country against external aggression since its inception and had participated actively in the conflicts India had with Pakistan and one with China. The IAF in conjunction with all its auxiliary units also extends thorough assistance during natural calamities and disasters.


IAF has approximate active personnel strength of 1, 27,000 and a fleet of 1,499 aircrafts. Working for the IAF is not only a matter of prestige and honour but one can also look forward to earning a high salary throughout his or her career along with several perks and allowances.

Indian Air Force Pay Band

Pay-scale Band Pay-Scale Grade Pay Median Scale
Flying Officer PB-III 15,600-39,100 5400 6000
Flight Lieutenant PB-III 15,600-39,100 5100 6000
Squadron Leader PB-III 15,600-39,100 6600 6000
Wing Commander PB-IV 37,400-67,000 7600 6000
Group Captain PB-IV 37,400-67,000 8700 6000
Air Vice Marshal PB-IV 37,400-67,000 10000 6000
Air Commodore PB-IV 37,400-67,000 8900 6000
Air Marshal PB-IV 37,400-67,000 12000 6000
Chief of Commands Apex Band 80,000 INR NA NA
Air Force Chief Apex Band 90,000 INR NA NA

Newly Joining Flying Officer/Pilot Pay-Scale

Structure Structure
Pay Band (universal for all branches) 15,600 INR per month
Grade Pay 5,400 INR per month
Military Service Pay 6,000 INR per month
Dearness Allowance calculated @ of 80% of Gross Emoluments 21,600 INR per month
Kit Maintenance Allowance 500 INR per month
Transport Allowance 3200 INR per month (in key metros) and 1600 INR per month (in rest of the towns and cities)
Flying Allowance (for flying branch officers) 11,250 INR per month
Technical Allowance (for technical branch officers) 2,500 per month

IAF Pilots Gross Salary Per Month

The salary in the first month for Flying Officers categorized under the different branches are as follows. The remuneration does not comprise other permissible allowances depending upon the station of posting excepting conveyance allowance in major metros. As you garner experience, your standing in the IAF goes up correspondingly and with that your total earnings and other perquisites also augment in tandem.

Branch Average Salary in Lakhs INR
Ground Duty Branch Rs.54,860
Technical Branch Rs.57,360
Flying Branch Rs.66,110

Flying Allowances and Technical Stipends in Airforce

Rank/Designation/Position Average Salary in Lakhs INR (Flying Pay)
Air Commodore & Beyond 13,125 INR per month
Group Captain 17,500 INR per month
Wing Commander 17,500 INR per month
Squadron Leader 17,500 INR per month
Flight Lieutenant 13,750 INR per month
Flying Officer 11,250 INR per month

Salaries According to Job Position

Job Position Average Salary in Lakhs INR
Technician 25,840 INR per month
Air Force Pilot 82,000 INR per month
Airman 33,850 INR per month
Senior NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) 47,337 INR per month
Mechanical Transport Operator 4,00,500 INR (per annum)
Administrator 4,53,400 INR (per annum)
Administrative Officer 10,28,000 INR (per annum)
Logistician 28,000 INR per month
Police 40,000 INR per month

IAF Salaries in Terms of Exp.

Years of Experience Average Salary in Lakhs INR
5-9 years 8,95,050 INR
10-19 years 7,80,000 INR
20 years and above 6,30,000 IN

Air Force Civilians Salary & Allowances

Pay Scale Pay Band Corresponding Pay Bands Grade pay
S01 1S 4440-7440 1300
S02 1S 4440-7440 1400
S2A 1S 4440-7440 1600
S03 1S 4440-7440 1650
S04 PB1 5200-20200 1800
S05 PB1 5200-20200 1900
S06 PB1 5200-20200 2000
S07 PB1 5200-20200 2400
S08 PB1 5200-20200 2800
S09 PB2 9300-34800 4200
S10 PB2 9300-34800 4200
S12 PB2 9300-34800 4200
S11 PB2 9300-34800 4200
S13 PB2 9300-34800 4600
S14 PB2 9300-34800 4800
S15 PB2 9300-34800 5400
GPA PB3 15600-39100 5400
S19 PB3 15600-39100 6600
S21 PB3 15600-39100 7600
S24 PB4 37400-67000 8700
S26 PB4 37400-67000 8900


Class Of City Rate
X 30% Of Pay In Band+Grade Pay+NPA
Y 20% Of Pay In Band+Grade Pay+NPA
Z 10% Of Pay In Band+Grade Pay+NPA

Transport Allowance

# Grade Pay Below Rs. 4200 But Pay
In Pay Band Is 7440 And Above AlsoRs. 1600 + DA On TPTRs. 800 + DA On TPT

Class In A1 & A Earlier Other Class
Grade Pay Of 5400 & Above
# Grade Pay Of Rs.4200,4600 & 4800
Rs.3200 + DA On TPT Rs. 1600 + DA On TPT
Grade Pay Below Rs. 4200 And Pay
In Pay Band Below Rs.7440.
Rs. 600 + DA On TPT Rs. 400 + DA On TPT

*Source: indianairforce.nic.in