Washington 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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Enter your employment income into the paycheck calculator above to estimate how taxes in Washington, 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 Washington, as it shows you how much income tax you have to pay based on your salary and personal details.
To learn more about Washington, 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!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the income tax rate in Washington?
The state income tax rate in Washington is 0% while federal income tax rates range from 10% to 37% depending on your income. This paycheck calculator can help estimate your take home pay and your average income tax rate.
How many income tax brackets are there in Washington?
Washington does not have a state income tax so there are no tax brackets. However, there are still tax brackets for federal income tax. For more details, check out our detail section.
How Your Washington Paycheck Works
One of the unique features of working in Washington, also called the Evergreen State, is access to the great nature available in the Pacific Northwest. Another unique feature more relevant to the discussion here is that there is no state income tax on wages or salaries. This means that you get to keep more of your hard earned money.
That said, state tax on income is not technically zero since the state does have a family and paid medical leave (pfml) tax that is applied on income. This is a small amount that is calculated based on your income up to the social security limit and should be automatically withheld from your paycheck by your employer. If your company has more than 50 employees, you only pay a small portion of the rate while your employer pays the rest. Otherwise, you pay the entire rate.
The most notable withholding you'll see in your paycheck will be federal income tax, which is withheld from your paycheck according to the IRS withholding tables. How much this amounts to is based on your income level, filing status, and others.
You can adjust your federal withholding by filling out a Form W-4 and giving it to your employer. The W-4 lets you clearly specify your personal situation, which may allow your withholdings to be more accurate. If you experience life changes like getting married or having a child, be sure to update your W-4 with your employer so that it's up to date.
Another two factors that affect your paycheck are Social Security and Medicare taxes. Put together, they're also called the FICA taxes. These are federal payroll taxes that fund the social insurance programs for retirees, disabled people and their families. You pay 6.2% of your wages for Social Security tax up to $147,000 for 2022 and 1.45% for Medicare tax, which doesn't have an upper limit. Your employer matches these amounts, so the total contribution actually made is higher. If you earn more than a certain threshold, you also pay an additional 0.9% Medicare surtax.
Depending on your employer’s policies and benefits package, you may also have other withholdings from your paycheck such as premiums for health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, union dues or even payments to charities. There are also things like contributions to a 401(k) plan or a health savings account (HSA) that may reduce your taxable income.
On a side note, the state of Washington imposes a 7% state tax on the profits from long term capital gains if they exceed $250,000 per person or per married couple per year. While most assets are affected, there are some exemptions. That said, this capital gains tax is not included in our calculations because it is beyond the scope of our calculator, which is focused on normal employment income.
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- Estimated results are just estimates. They are not a guarantee of future results.
- While internal calculations are not rounded, all final resultant numbers are rounded normally with numbers ending in 0.5 and above being rounded up.
- 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.
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