Advice for Paycheck Issues

The following was borrowed from my friend Kate at the Paycheck Chronicles. Please visit her blog for help and advice on pay, retirement planning, benefits, and budgeting with a spouse and family point of view.

Why Hasn’t My Pay Been Deposited?

Every pay period, I get tons of comments and emails from people who are concerned because their pay hasn’t been deposited.  There is a logical progression of steps to take if you haven’t received your pay as expected.

1. Make sure you know what day is payday. 

2. Wait. 

3. Check your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES). 

4. Call your bank. 

5. Check with your finance department. 

For more details on these five steps visit the Paycheck Chronicles.

Kate’s best advice on the subject: Wait.  “Don’t forget, waiting solves most of the problems without lots of stress or worry.”

About the Author

Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • Phyllis

    My Grendaughters husband went in the army january and has not sent a penny home to his wife and baby what do we need to do cause she needs help like yesterday Please help someome

  • If you know were he’s stationed you can contact his commander or first Sargent. And tell them the problem.

  • Pearl Taylor

    She needs to make sure she has a copy of her marriage license,his social security number, know exactly where he’s located, contact the finance office. alot of times it takes a minute or two, alot of the times the husband often forgets to follow upon the paperwork. Also, she needs to go the closest military base or find a base so she can get her ID-and baby ID and Medical Card. What area is located? I’ll get the info for her email me Pearl

  • pearl taylor

    Is there anyone really, really, good a resume’s.

    pearl taylor

  • Marie

    The Army requires that a soldier take care of his dependents. Contact his Command and let them know the problem.

  • rick ollis

    Anyone call tell me a phone number i can actually reach someone. My father is deceased and mother is in a life care center in N.C. She was receiving her check at Life Care but they went to direct deposit. We filled out all forms for direct deposit then in Sept. the checks stopped. She has no money. I have called all numbers i can find but due to large volume of calls i never can speak to anyone. Frustrated. Thanks.B careful bless u.