Roman Soldier Salary: How much did Rome pay the legionary and auxiliary soldiers who expanded and defended her empire? The response is of some importance not only to the history of the Roman army but also to the political, social, and economic history of the Roman Empire in general. As a result, several educated papers have been dedicated to this topic and steady progress has been made. However, issues remain, the proof being sparse and also not easily intelligible. Research on the 600 and more tablets of the Legionary Fortress of Vindonissa (Switzerland), currently ongoing, has resulted in a missing link in the chain of evidence.
The new text shows a new number and facilitates the rehabilitation of the Roman army wages scales through the first three hundred years AD and a payroll receipt from an auxiliary soldier. The following total compensation model reconciles all the facts previously known.
A legionary, the official roman soldier’s official name, received only about 112 denarii annually, on average. During the reign of Julius Caesar, this number was doubled to 225 denarii per year.