Navy Seal salary can be tricky to find, and there’s always a new, higher number being floated around.
As of right now, the highest paid Navy Seal at the moment is Captain Charles “Bubba” Thompson of the USS Essex.
He made a total of $8.5 million in 2013, according to Forbes.
That makes him the most expensive Navy Seal to make a salary of $10.9 million.
Thompson also holds the record for the most overtime paydays, having earned $3.2 million in 2011.
He’s also been the Navy Seal for the longest, at 23 years and counting, which would make him the third longest-serving Navy Seal.
But that’s not all Thompson makes, and the $9.7 million salary is only a fraction of what the other four members of the Naval Seal Team 6 make.
Here are the top-10 salary earners at the Naval Academy.
Charles “Bubi” Thompson, USN $9.4 million 2.
Captain Charles “Bill” Thompson II, USMC $8.4 3.
John “Bud” Dutton, USR $7.9 4.
Bradley “Brad” Wiedenfeld, USSR $6.6 5.
James “Jay” Tompkins, USNS Bowe $5.4 6.
Dennis “Dennis” Johnson, USAS Navigator $4.6 7.
Scott “Denny” Devereaux, USAF $3.5 8.
Cameron “Cameron” F. “Cody” W. “Packer” Johnson $2.9 9.
William “Buddy” Bunch, USFS $1.4 10.
Travis “Travis” DeMuth, USS $0.9 11.
Benjamin “Ben” “Biggie” Wray, USF $100,000 (Source: US Naval Academy) While the Naval School is known for its hard work and dedication, the Naval Reserves are also known for their hard work ethic, especially during their summer school.
“I’m proud of my service and proud of what I’ve accomplished,” says DeMuzz, a first-year student.
“The best part of being a member of the Reserves is that you have no obligation to do anything, so I have a lot of freedom and can really focus on what I’m doing.”
Biggies dedication is what earned him his $100, 000 salary.
In addition to earning his salary, DeMuzys brother, Benjamin, earned a total $12.2 million during his four years at the school.
He also held the record, going all the way back to 2006, for the second-highest paid Reserves officer at the time, after his father, Captain Ben, who made $14.4m.
DeMuzies family also makes a living by working in the military, and they are part of a cadre of active duty military personnel.
While DeMuts parents work full-time at a construction site, the family has been able to supplement their income by attending a summer camp each summer for the past six years.
As the military prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics in South Korea, the DeMubs hope to inspire other young families to be a part of the service.
(Image courtesy of the De Muths) “It’s a great feeling to be able to see our little boy doing something that we love, and to see him succeed in such a big way,” said Benjamin.
A veteran himself, De Muzys son, Parker, will make his third consecutive summer of military service this summer.
Despite his service, Parker DeMuda’s parents, who are in the Army, are proud of their son’s accomplishments.
“[It’s] a great way to have fun with him, to get away from it all and just be with him and just have a fun summer,” Parker said.
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