If you’ve ever thought of serving in the army or military, I’m sure one of the thoughts that’s crossed your mind is “How much will I get paid?”
Thankfully, Military Time Chart has put together one of the easiest to read and nicest infographics I’ve ever seen with all that information and more.
Not only is the military and army pay there, but so are the pay scales for the navy, air force, officers, and more! This makes it really easy to see which branch of the armed forces might be better worth your time.
Score from the experts at Killer Infographics
Visual Communication - 65%
Design - 75%
Content/Script - 75%
Usability - 65%
This infographic explains pay grades for ranks across each branch of the US military. The visual cues for insignia are helpful for those seeking identifiable marks of each position, and the vertical hashed lines help to communicate that pay grades are the same for each rank that is in vertical alignment with one above or below it, for each section. Perhaps another approach to the layout could improve usability, though — once the viewer gets past the first few rows and scroll to the rest, they can no longer see the pay amount for each column; they'd have to scroll back up to the top of the section each time for a reminder. Playing with sizing and layout can help alleviate usability issues like this. Additionally, visual communication for the differences in pay would be helpful — viewers can read that a Chief Warrant Officer 5 makes $7,283/month compared to a Warrant Officer 1 at $2,905/month, but a graph could show visually that the Chief Warrant Officer 5 makes over 2.5x the amount. The text blocks are also a bit too long to keep the viewer engaged in a few spots. In all we'd give this a C.