Current IDF Chief Lags in Pay

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz brought home 1.7% percent less per month in 2011 than his predecessor, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, did the year before.

Moti Bassok
Haaretz Staff
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Israel Defense Forces Chief Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz grossed NIS 73,127 in monthly pay in 2011, nominally 1.7% less than the 2010 gross salary of his predecessor, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi. Ashkenazi made NIS 74,384 per month in 2010, which was also gave him 5% more spending power than his successor.

According to figures released Sunday by the Finance Ministry's wages commissioner Kobi Amsalem, major generals earned "just" NIS 55,843 a month in 2011 while brigadier generals managed on NIS 46,793.

Among the lower ranks, monthly pay in 2011 stood at NIS 5,461 for second lieutenants, NIS 7,555 for first lieutenants, NIS 11,083 for army captains, and NIS 19,095 for officers at the rank of major. The average salary for a lieutenant colonel was NIS 28,776, while a colonel took home NIS 36,824.

Among enlisted careerists, the pay for sergeants in 2011 averaged NIS 5,045 a month; NIS 7,092 for a sergeant first class; and NIS 20,116 for a chief warrant officer.

Israelis employed by government authorities earned, on average, NIS 13,539 a month in 2011, a rate that was 58 percent higher than the national average monthly wage, according to a Haaretz report.

With a monthly salary of NIS 81,915 in 2011, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino topped Gantz in pay. One explanation is that he holds an academic degree in law and has his salary linked to that of a judge. In comparison, former police chief David Cohen earned NIS 77,506 in 2010. Israel Prison Service commissioner Aharon Franco, with a NIS 79,823 gross monthly salary, also out-earned the IDF chief of staff in 2011. His predecessor on the job, Benny Kaniak, had been paid NIS 74,808 a month in 2010.

Gantz and Ashkenazi: Two generals, two different salaries.Credit: Ofer Vaknin