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Compensation

Dependents Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Rate Tables - Effective 12/1/09

 

Go to our How to Read DIC Rate Tables to find out how to use these rate tables.

Veteran's Death Was
On or After January 1, 1993 Before January 1, 1993


Veteran's Death Was On or After January 1, 1993

Effective 12/1/08

Basic Monthly Rate = $1,154 (38 U.S.C. 1311(a)(1))

Additional Allowances:

a. Add $246 if at the time of the veteran's death, the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling (including a rating based on individual unemployability) for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately preceding death AND the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years. (38 U.S.C. 1311(a)(2))

b. Add the following allowance for each dependent child under age 18: *

  • Effective 12/1/08 $286 per child (38 U.S.C. 1311(b))

c. If the surviving spouse is entitled to A&A, add $286. (38 U.S.C. 1311(c))

d. If the surviving spouse is entitled to Housebound, add $135 (38 U.S.C. 1311(d))

*DIC apportionment rates approved by the Under Secretary for Benefits under 38 CFR 3.461(b) will be the additional allowance received for each child.


Veteran's Death Was Before January 1, 1993

Surviving Spouse's Rates

Enlisted Pay Grades

Rates shown are for surviving spouse only.
See Note: e for additional amounts to be added per child.

E-1f  E-2f  E-3a,f  E-4f  E-5f 
$1,154 $1,154 $1,154 $1,154 $1,154
E-6f  E-7g  E-8g  E-9g  E-9b 
$1,154 $1,194 $1,260 $1,314 $1,419

Warrant Officer Pay Grades

Rates shown are for surviving spouse only.
See Note: e for additional amounts to be added per child.

W-1g  W-2g  W-3g  W-4g 
$1,219 $1,267 $1,305 $1,380

Officer Pay Grades

Rates shown are for surviving spouse only.
See Note:e for additional amounts to be added per child.

Footnotes:

  1. Surviving spouse of Aviation Cadet or other service not covered by this table is paid the DIC rate for enlisted E-3 under 34.
  2. Veteran who served as Sgt Major of the Army or Marine Corps, Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Navy, Chief Master Sgt of the Air Force, or Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.
  3. Veteran who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff of the Army or Air Force, Chief of Naval Operations, or Commandant of the Marine Corps.
  4. If surviving spouse entitled to A/A, add $286; if entitled to HB, add $135.
  5. Add $286 for each child under 18.
  6. Add $246 if veteran rated totally disabled 8 continuous years prior to death and surviving spouse was married to veteran those same 8 years
  7. Base rate is $1,400 if vet rated totally disabled 8 continuous years prior to death and surviving spouse was married to vet those same 8 years.
O-1g  O-2g  O-3g  O-4
$1,219 $1,260 $1,347 $1,427
O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8
$1,571 $1,771 $1,912 $2,100
O-9 O-10 O-10c   
$2,246 $2,463 $2,643  

Children's Rates

If the Surviving Spouse is also Entitled
Additional Separate Award For Each Child Over 18
Rate
School Child: $243
Helpless Child: $488

If No Surviving Spouse is also Entitled Lump Amount Rate for One
Number of Children Total Payable Each Child Share*
1 $488 $488.00
2 $701 $350.50
3 $915 $305.00
4 $1,089 $272.25
5 $1,263 $252.60
6 $1,437 $239.50
7 $1,611 $230.14
8 $1,785 $223.12
9 $1,959 $217.66

*For each helpless child over 18 add $286

For each additional child add $174

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