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What Are VA Compensation Charts

Last updated: August 6, 2023

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) provides non-taxable compensation payments to veterans who sustained injuries or disabilities during their military service. Veterans may also be eligible for VA benefits if their preexisting medical conditions worsen in the course of their military service, or if they later experience service-connected disabilities. 

As of 2021, approximately 46.7% of veterans, or 9.2 million former military personnel, received VA compensation benefits. Benefits are subject to change each year, and amounts may also vary depending on a number of factors. This article provides a detailed overview of the VA compensation pay charts, along with their benefits. Read the article below to learn more. 

Definition Of VA Compensation Pay Charts

Veterans may qualify for VA disability compensation for physical conditions and mental health disorders that arose before, during, or after military service. VA disability benefits may cover chronic injuries, loss of limbs, hearing loss, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.  

The compensation amount provided is based on a variety of factors, including the severity of your injury, the number of eligible dependents, and your disability rating. The actual amounts are generally listed on VA compensation pay charts for easy viewing and reference. 

However, it is important to remember that the benefit amount is not fixed and may be subject to changes. VA benefit rates are evaluated and examined annually by the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the appropriate amount is provided to veterans. To account for soaring inflation and increased living expenses, the VA may decide to adjust these rates accordingly. 

Benefits Of Knowing VA Compensation Pay Charts

Staying up to date with the recent rate changes in VA compensation helps you ensure you receive the exact and appropriate amount you qualify for. Additionally, it gives you a retrospective view of how much compensation pay you may expect to receive monthly. 

You may use the VA compensation pay charts to determine the amount of your benefits and the cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Overview Of VA Compensation Charts

Only veterans with no dependents are covered by the rates shown below. This VA compensation chart also includes 2021 and 2022 pay rates so you may compare how rates have increased for the past 2 years. 

VA Rating2023 Rates2022 Rates2021 Rates

When you have eligible dependents, such as a spouse, children, or parents, you may be able to receive a higher VA disability compensation. However, having a 10% to 20% disability rating won’t entitle you to a higher rate, despite having dependents. 

30% - 60% VA Disability Rating Without Children

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Spouse Only$568.05$811.86$1,141.82$1,440.65
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$616.05$875.86$1,222.82$1,537.65
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$664.05$939.86$1,303.82$1,634.65
Veteran with One Parent$556.05$795.86$1,122.82$1,416.65
Veteran with Two Parents$604.05$859.86$1,203.82$1,513.65
Additional for A/A spouse$56.00$74.00$93.00$111.00

70% - 100% VA Disability Rating Without Children

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,804.06$2,094.15$2,353.39$3,823.89
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$1,917.06$2,223.15$2,498.39$3,985.96
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$2,030.06$2,353.15$2,643.39$4,148.03
Veteran with One Parent$1,776.06$2,062.15$2,317.39$3,784.02
Veteran with Two Parents$1,889.06$2,191.15$2,462.39$3,946.09
Additional for A/A spouse$130.00$148.00$167.00$185.21

30% - 60% VA Disability Rating With Children

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Child Only$548.05$785.86$1,108.82$1,400.65
Veteran with Spouse & Child$612.05$870.86$1,215.82$1,528.65
Additional for Each Child Under 18$30.00$40.00$50.00$60.00
Additional for Each Schoolchild Over Age 18 in a Qualifying School Program$97.00$129.00$162.00$194.00


You may be qualified for veterans' benefits, including VA disability payments, if you were seriously injured or developed a service-related illness while serving in the military. Determine the exact amount of your benefits using the VA compensation pay charts. 

Filing a VA disability claim can be quite challenging. If you require legal assistance regarding your disability claim, read this article from Disability Help on hiring a VA disability lawyer. If you want to know more about how long does it take to receive va convalescent pay, visit our page regarding the topic.

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