United States Paycheck Calculator

Easily estimate take home pay after income tax so you can have an idea of what to possibly expect when planning your budget

Last reviewed on January 29, 2023
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State Income Tax

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Enter your employment income into the paycheck calculator above to estimate how taxes in USA may affect your finances. You'll then get your estimated take home pay, an estimated breakdown of your potential tax liability, and a quick summary down here so you can have a better idea of what to possibly expect when planning your budget.

This paycheck calculator also works as an income tax calculator for United States, as it shows you how much income tax you have to pay based on your salary and personal details.

To learn more about USA, its income tax, and tax brackets, so that you can get a deeper understanding of how your budget and finances may be affected, scroll down to the detail section below!

Quick Facts about The United States

  • Main Language(s):English
  • Currency:US Dollar ($)
  • Capital:Washington DC
  • Total Population:331,449,281
  • Most Populous City:New York City
  • Time Zone(s):UTC−4 to −12, +10, +11
    (Summer: UTC−4 to −10)
  • International Phone Code:+1
  • Driving Side:Right
  • Climate:Extremely varied, almost every kind of climate type exists in the US

Special Note

  • If a state has zero income tax, this usually means they find creative ways to tax you in other ways in order to compensate. For example, this could potentially be through higher property taxes, higher sales taxes, fewer state services, fewer state benefits, etc. Obviously, each state will be different and this may not be the case in every state. If you're comparing job offers from different states, it's just something to be aware of.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the income tax rate in the US?

The personal income tax rate in the US is progressive and assessed both on the federal level and the state level. Federal tax rates range from 10% to 37% depending on your income while state income tax rates vary widely. Some cities may impose city level income taxes too. This paycheck calculator can help estimate your your take home pay and your average income tax rate.

How many income tax brackets are there in the US?

The federal income tax system in the US has seven different tax brackets while it varies for state income tax. For more details, check out our detail section.

US Federal Income Tax Brackets and Other Information

The personal income tax system in the United States is a progressive tax system. This means that your income is split into multiple brackets where lower brackets are taxed at lower rates and higher brackets are taxed at higher rates. Federal tax rates range from 10% to 37% with each bracket being shifted slightly depending an individual's filing status.

Federal Income Tax Brackets

Married Filing Jointly
Married Filing Separately
Head of Household

For 2022 tax year

Taxable Income (USD)Tax Rate
First 10,27510%
From 10,275 to 41,77512%
From 41,775 to 89,07522%
From 89,075 to 170,05024%
From 170,050 to 215,95032%
From 215,950 to 539,90035%
From 539,900 onwards37%

For 2022 tax year

Taxable Income (USD)Tax Rate
First 20,55010%
From 20,550 to 83,55012%
From 83,550 to 178,15022%
From 178,150 to 340,10024%
From 340,100 to 431,90032%
From 431,900 to 647,85035%
From 647,850 onwards37%

For 2022 tax year

Taxable Income (USD)Tax Rate
First 10,27510%
From 10,275 to 41,77512%
From 41,775 to 89,07522%
From 89,075 to 170,05024%
From 170,050 to 215,95032%
From 215,950 to 323,92535%
From 323,925 onwards37%

For 2022 tax year

Taxable Income (USD)Tax Rate
First 14,65010%
From 14,650 to 55,90012%
From 55,900 to 89,05022%
From 89,050 to 170,05024%
From 170,050 to 215,95032%
From 215,950 to 539,90035%
From 539,900 onwards37%

Besides the federal progressive tax bracket system, there also exists the alternative minimum tax (AMT) system primarily for high income earners with alternative income streams. Since our focus is on normal employment income, we will not cover that topic here.

Federal standard deductions in the US

Taxpayers have two options when it comes to deductions. They can choose to individually itemize their deductions or they can select the standard deduction. For most individuals, the standard deduction will be larger than their itemized deduction and thus would be the better choice.

For 2022 tax year

Filing StatusFederal Standard Deduction Amount
Married Filing Jointly$25,900
Married Filing Separately$12,950
Head of Household$19,400

Individuals age 65 an over and/or disabled are eligible for a slightly higher standard deduction for all filing statuses.

Non-residents are not eligible for any standard deductions on the federal level.

Social Security in the US

Social Security, which is administered by the Social Security Administration, is the commonly used term for the federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program.

Along with medicare, contributions to these are automatically withheld and deducted from your paychecks by your employer just like with both federal and state income taxes.

For employees, the contribution rate for social security is 6.2% while the contribution rate for medicare is 1.45%. Employers also contribute in equal amounts.

Social security contributions have a maximum cap on the applicable income which is called the wage base limit. For 2022, the wage base limit for social security contributions is $147,000.

Medicare contributions do not have any maximum cap on applicable income. Additionally, high income earners above a certain threshold, which varies depending on filing status, must contribute an extra 0.9% to medicare.

Resident status and income tax in the US

The United States is unique in that it levies tax on its citizens and residents on their worldwide income regardless of where they live or stay in the world. Note that many tax treaties do exist between the United States and other countries which help to reduce the tax burden by eliminating double taxation (being taxed on the same income by multiple countries).

Non-resident foreign nationals are generally taxed only on their US-sourced income and income that is related with a US trade or US business.

Foreign nationals can be considered residents under a wide variety of scenarios along with an equally wide variety of exceptions. One basic scenario is being a permanent resident in the way of possessing a green card. Another relatively basic scenario is via the "substantial presence test" which, for the most part, states that individuals that stay for at least 31 days in the current year plus a combined total of 183 equivalent days during the current year and prior two years may also be considered residents. Determining residence can get extremely complex really quickly, so for more details, please consult with a tax professional.

For foreign nationals, there are pros and cons with being considered a resident. First and foremost, being a resident would entail being taxed on their worldwide income which one might initially think would result in a higher tax bill, but it's important to note that non-residents are ineligible for most tax deductions and tax credits which basically help lower your tax. So, for foreign nationals, it's entirely possible that taxes may be lower when filing as a resident despite the drawback of being taxed on worldwide income.

State Income Tax

To see details about state income tax, scroll down to the additional states section and click on a name. Alternatively, fill in your before tax salary into our calculator at the top of page, select a state, and click calculate. Upon doing so, this page will automatically update to show details about your selected state.

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For sales tax, please visit our United States Sales Tax Rates and Calculator page.

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  • The content shown on this page is strictly for educational purposes only. It does not represent advice nor is it a substitute for a professional advisor.
  • Estimated results are just estimates. They are not a guarantee of future results.
  • Tax situations vary widely and calculations can get very complex. This paycheck calculator only provides a rough estimate according to the most common scenarios for standard employment income that comes from an employer. If you are self-employed, your taxes might differ.
  • There may be additional deductions, credits, exemptions, allowances, reliefs, etc depending on many factors. Some factors are about your family such as the number of dependents, children, relatives, parents, etc. Other factors may include mortgage payments, property depreciation, charitible donations, additional voluntary retirement contributions, etc. Whether or not you are handicapped and/or disabled may also sometimes be an additional factor.
  • Depending on region and jurisdiction, salary bonuses may be treated and taxed differently from standard salary.
  • Calculators from other sites may show slightly different numbers due to different deductions/credits being included or they are based on data from a different year.
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