2013 MEDICAL AND DENTAL SPECIAL PAYS

Medical and dental officers are entitled to a variety of special pays and retention bonuses, all of which can be drawn simultaneously for those who qualify. Medical and dental officers on active duty for more than one year are entitled to monthly variable special pay. They are entitled to annual additional special pay if they complete their internship or initial residency training and agree to serve on active duty at least one year. Officers who are board certified in their particular specialty are entitled to board-certified pay.

Annual medical officer special pays
 
Variable special pay
Additional special pay
Board certification pay
Undergoing internship
$1,200
N/A
N/A
0 through 5 years
5,000
$15,000
$2,500
6 through 7 years
12,000
15,000
2,500
8 through 9 years
11,500
15,000
2,500
10 through 11 years
11,000
15,000
3,500
12 through 13 years
10,000
15,000
4,000
14 through 17 years
9,000
15,000
5,000
18 through 21 years
8,000
15,000
6,000
22 or more years
7,000
15,000
6,000
Paygrade O-7 and above
7,000
15,000
6,000
 
Multiyear special pay (MSP) for medical officers varies by specialty and length of service commitment. Medical officers below paygrade O-7, qualified in critical specialties and with eight or more years of creditable service and who have met their active-duty obligation for education may receive the MSP bonus if they agree to serve for an additional two, three or four years. Incentive special pay (ISP) is paid to specialists not in internship or residency. Officers below O-7 who are qualified in a particular medical specialty may receive the ISP bonus if they agree to remain on active duty at least one more year. Dental officers in certain specialties are eligible for the dental officer multiyear retention bonus.
 
Annual medical officer Multiyear Special Pay and Incentive Special Pay
MSP 2 years
MSP 3 years
MSP 4 years
ISP only 1 year
ISP w/MSP
Specialty
Aerospace medicine
$13,000
$19,000
$25,000
$20,000
$20,000
Anesthesiology
25,000
40,000
60,000
36,000
50,000
Cardiology
21,000
34,000
51,000
36,000
41,000
Dermatology
17,000
25,000
38,000
20,000
20,000
Emergency medicine
17,000
26,000
40,000
26,000
30,000
Family practice
17,000
25,000
38,000
20,000
20,000
Gastroenterology
22,000
33,000
50,000
26,000
29,000
General surgery
25,000
40,000
60,000
29,000
50,000
Internal medicine
13,000
23,000
35,000
20,000
20,000
Neurology
13,000
19,000
25,000
20,000
20,000
Neurosurgery
25,000
40,000
60,000
36,000
60,000
OB/GYN
17,000
25,000
35,000
31,000
31,000
Ophthalmology
13,000
19,000
25,000
28,000
30,000
Orthopedics
17,000
33,000
50,000
36,000
50,000
Otolaryngology
17,000
25,000
33,000
30,000
35,000
Pathology
13,000
20,000
30,000
20,000
20,000
Pediatrics
13,000
20,000
30,000
20,000
20,000
Physical medicine
12,000
13,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
Preventive/occupational medicine
13,000
20,000
30,000
20,000
20,000
Psychiatry
17,000
28,000
43,000
20,000
20,000
Pulmonary/IM-critical care
21,000
31,000
45,000
23,000
26,000
Radiology
25,000
40,000
60,000
36,000
42,000
Urology
20,000
30,000
45,000
28,000
28,000
Subspecialty cat. I (1)
23,000
36,000
55,000
36,000
57,000
Subspecialty cat. II (2)
12,000
18,000
27,000
28,000
28,000
Subspecialty cat. III (3)
12,000
17,000
25,000
23,000
26,000
Subspecialty cat. IV (4)
13,000
19,000
25,000
20,000
20,000
Subspecialty cat. V (5)
21,000
31,000
45,000
36,000
41,000
 
   
(1) Cardio-thoracic, colon/rectal, oncology, pediatric, plastic, trauma/critical care and vascular surgery; fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons (2) Nuclear medicine; (3) Internal medicine and pediatric fellowship-trained physicians in allergy/immunology; nephrology; hematology/oncology; neonatology (4) All internal medicine/pediatric subspecialties not listed in subspecialty categories I or III. (5) Physicians fellowship-trained in ophthalmology, otolaryngology, OB/GYN and urology.
 
 
Dental officer annual special pays
Variable special pay
Additional special pay
Board certification pay
Undergoing internship
$3,000
N/A
N/A
0 through 2 years
3,000
$10,000
$2,500
3 through 5 years
7,000
12,000
2,500
6 through 7 years
7,000
12,000
2,500
8 through 9 years
12,000
12,000
2,500
10 through 11 years
12,000
15,000
3,500
12 through 13 years
10,000
15,000
4,000
14 through 17 years
9,000
15,000
5,000
18 or more years
8,000
15,000
6,000
 
Dental officer annual multiyear retention bonus
Specialty
2-year contract
3-year contract
4-year contract
Oral-maxillofacial surgeons*
$25,000
$38,000
$50,000
Comprehensive/operative dentistry
25,000
38,000
50,000
Endodontics
25,000
38,000
50,000
Prosthodontics
25,000
38,000
50,000
Orthodontics
25,000
38,000
50,000
Oral pathology/diagnosis/medicine
25,000
38,000
50,000
Pediatric dentistry
25,000
38,000
50,000
Periodontics
25,000
38,000
50,000
Public health dentistry
25,000
38,000
50,000
Temporomandibular dysfunction/orofacial pain
25,000
38,000
50,000
Dental research
25,000
38,000
50,000
Endodontics (Advanced Clinical Practice)
18,000
27,000
35,000
Exodontia (ACP)
18,000
27,000
35,000
General dentistry (ACP)**
18,000
27,000
35,000
Periodontics (ACP)
18,000
27,000
35,000
Prosthodontics (ACP)
18,000
27,000
35,000
 
*Oral-maxillofacial surgeons below the paygrade of O-7 with a current, valid, unrestricted license or approved waiver also are eligible for Incentive Special Pay at a rate of $30,000 per year for 1-year contracts and $50,000 per year for 2-, 3- and 4-year contracts.
**Qualified general dentists who agree to accept a commission, be assigned dentist duties and remain on active duty for four years may receive an annual accession bonus of up to $37,500, annual Incentive Special Pay of $20,000, and Multiyear Retention Bonuses of $13,000 a year for two-year commitments, $19,000 a year for three-year commitments and $25,000 a year for four-years commitments.
 
NOTES:
 
* Registered nurse accession bonus: A qualified RN who agrees to accept a commission and be assigned nurse duties may receive an accession bonus of up to $20,000 for a three-year contract and up to $30,000 for a four-year contract.
* Registered nurse incentive special pay: A qualified RN may receive annual incentive special pay of $5,000 for a one-year contract, $10,000 per year for a two-year contract, $15,000 per year for a three-year contract and $20,000 per year for a four-year contract.
* Certified registered nurse anesthetist: A qualified CRNA who agrees to remain on active duty may receive incentive special pay of $20,000 for a one-year contract, $25,000 per year for a two-year contract, $35,000 per year for a three-year contract, and $50,000 per year for a four-year contract.
* Optometry retention bonus: Optometrists in paygrades O-6 and below are eligible for a retention bonus of $6,000 a year.
* Pharmacy officer special pay: Pharmacists in paygrades O-6 and below who have completed their active-duty obligation for education/training and agree to serve on active duty for at least three years qualify for $15,000 per year in special pay.
* Psychologists, social workers, physician assistants, veterinarians: Qualified psychologists, clinical social workers, physician assistants and veterinarians who are board certified in their specialty may receive board-certified pay at the rate of $6,000 per year, paid in monthly installments. They are also eligible for varying amounts of accession and retention bonuses and incentive pay, depending on the length of the contract signed.
* Nonphysician health care provider special pay: Nonphysician health care providers who are board certified in audiology, biochemistry, dietician, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry or radiation health may receive annual Board Certified Pay of $2,000 for less than 10 years of service, $2,500 from 10 through 12 years of service, $3,000 for 12 through 14 years, $4,000 for 14 through 17 years, and $5,000 for 18 years or more.
 
Critical Skills Wartime Accession Bonus
 
The military services may pay wartime accession bonuses to medical and dental officers who agree to serve at least four years. During the active-duty service obligation for which they qualify for the critical wartime skills accession bonus, officers are not eligible for multiyear special or incentive pay. Bonus rates vary by medical or dental specialty. The maximum authorized payment is $400,000.