How much does the chief of staff earn? The salaries of members of the defense establishment have been revealed

The Commissioner for Wages and Employment Agreements in the Ministry of Finance, Kobi Bar-Natan, published today (Wednesday) the report of wage expenditures in the defense system for 2020. The report shows that the average monthly salary among IDF permanent permanent employees is NIS 11,061, among NIS 22,713. In the prison service, the average monthly salary is NIS 17,895, in the police is NIS 19,106, in the security units of the defense establishment it is NIS 30,036 and among the members of the secret bodies it is NIS 23,212.

Of course, the higher the rank, the higher the salary, and so in the IDF, the Chief of the General Staff earned about NIS 99,000 in 2020. Officers with the rank of Major General earned about NIS 70,000, while the salary slip of lieutenants generals had an amount of about 56,000. The wage increase graph becomes sharper as you move up the ranks.

Salaries of IDF Officers and Resistors (Photo: Ministry of Finance)

In the police and the prison service, on the other hand, the salary is much lower than in the IDF for officers of the same rank. The salary in the prison service is actually higher.

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Salaries of officers and counterinsurgency officers in the police and prison service (Photo: Ministry of Finance)Salaries of officers and counterinsurgency officers in the police and prison service (Photo: Ministry of Finance)

The report explains the wage gaps in favor of military officers in that recruitment for permanent service in the IDF begins at a younger age and promotion is faster. This is despite the fact that the retirement age in the IDF is earlier than in other organizations.

In addition, security bodies are characterized by a clear male majority and relatively high wage gaps between women and men. Despite the increase in the proportion of women serving in the security bodies in recent years, the wage gap is not narrowing to the same extent, due to the nature of the occupation of the field and the warfare in the security bodies and the difference between the positions. The IPS and the Ministry of Defense’s trust units have the lowest wage gaps between women and men, while the IDF has the highest wage gaps in percentages, averaging over 20%.

Wage gaps between women and men in the defense system (Photo: Ministry of Finance)Wage gaps between women and men in the defense system (Photo: Ministry of Finance)

One of the controversial issues regarding officers’ salaries is the pension they receive after their release from the military. Data from the Commissioner of Wages show that due to the early retirement age, the budgetary pension of IDF officers is on average equal to 5.3 times the budgetary pension of civil service employees. It should be noted that according to the law, starting in 2025, the average allowance for officers who retired from the IDF will not exceed NIS 12,000, compared with about NIS 19.5 thousand today.

According to the Ministry of Finance, those serving in the security bodies receive a higher pension from workers in other systems and from a younger age. This type of benefit is also provided in the world of accruing pensions in the form of a bridging pension. As can be seen, the income of those coming from the defense establishment from high pensions places them in the top two deciles of pension recipients in Israel.

An officer with the rank of major general will receive after receiving citizenship an allowance of almost NIS 44,000 a month, including an increase in the chief of staff, which constitutes 76% of his salary. An officer with the rank of lieutenant general will receive about NIS 40,000 Theirs is higher than that of officers.

IDF officers' pension rate (Photo: Ministry of Finance)IDF officers’ pension rate (Photo: Ministry of Finance)

The highest pension is received by retirees of secret bodies NIS 21,835 per month on average and the average age of retirement is 55. In the police, the retirement age of officers is 56.3 and they receive a pension of NIS 18.5 thousand. The Prisons Service serves one year less on average, and the pension accordingly – NIS 17,815 per month.

Pensions in the defense system (Photo: Ministry of Finance)Pensions in the defense system (Photo: Ministry of Finance)

The Division in charge of wages also examined the salaries of officers in relation to foreign armies, and found that the gaps between veterans and young people are significantly higher compared to the world and also compared to their counterparts in foreign armies in relation to the average wage in the economy. A senior military attorney, with the rank of colonel, will receive a salary almost four times higher than the average salary in the economy. So did an air crew member with the rank of lieutenant colonel. However, in the lower ranks of the officers, the salary in the IDF is lower than in the foreign armies, but increases in a new way as one progresses up the ladder of ranks.

The payroll commissioner said in relation to the report “The State of Israel faces security challenges, at home and abroad, which change from time to time. The security system is required to adapt frequently and its achievements enable the continued existence of” life itself “in the State of Israel. “So the wage in the defense system is high relative to the average wage in the economy, that wage and pension expenses are a major part of the bodies’ expenses and very high wage gaps between young and old servants. We recognize the need to retain the good servants but disagree on how to achieve it.”

IDF soldiers (those photographed have no connection to the article) (Photo: Nasser Ishtiya, Flash 90)IDF soldiers (those photographed have no connection to the article) (Photo: Nasser Ishtiya, Flash 90)

An IDF spokesman said in response to the salary report: “The strength of the IDF lies in the quality of its servants. The nature of service in the IDF is unique and is not comparable to the business and public economy. “.

“The salary in the IDF is determined in accordance with the salary in the public sector and the restrictions of the person in charge of the salary, and is mainly influenced by the education, seniority and characteristics of the military service of each servant, while significantly prioritizing fighters and field commanders.”

“As stated in the report, the average wage in the IDF is the lowest in relation to security bodies and even lower in relation to armies that are in high friction with an enemy, such as the IDF. Comparing wages to other armies is trending in light of the cost of living and prices The scope of working hours in the IDF and in light of the fact that “the IDF is an army based on regular force.”

“Contrary to what is reported in the report, there is no difference between the salaries in the IDF of women and men with the same characteristics, since the salary is determined solely according to the service route. The IDF’s reference and we reveal its findings from the media. In contrast, the IDF works in full transparency with the Treasury and submits “full salary reports at their request each month.”

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