Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin, as it shows you how much income tax you have to pay based on your salary and personal details.

To learn more about Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin?

The state income tax rate in Wisconsin is progressive and ranges from 3.54% to 7.65% 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 Wisconsin?

The state income tax system in Wisconsin has four different tax brackets. For more details, check out our detail section.

How Your Wisconsin Paycheck Works

The state of Wisconsin, also known as the Badger State, is known for its cheese, beer, and badgers. It is also a state with a diverse economy and a workforce of over 3 million people. If you are one of those workers or plan to become one, you might be wondering how your Wisconsin paycheck works. How much money will you actually take home after income tax?

First, let's get some terminology out of the way. Your net pay or take-home pay is the amount of money you receive after taxes and other items are withheld from your gross pay.

One of the taxes that is withheld from your paycheck is the federal income tax, which is based on your filing status, income level, and other details. You can adjust your federal tax withholding by filling out a Form W-4 and submitting it to your employer. For example, you can choose to have additional federal withholding taken out of your paycheck if you expect to owe more taxes at the end of the year due to extra income outside work.

Another tax that is withheld from your paycheck is state income tax, which is also based on your filing status and income level. Wisconsin has a progressive personal income tax system with four different tax brackets. The personal income tax rates range from 3.54% to 7.65%. For single filers, the highest bracket only applies to those making $280,950 or more.

Luckily, there are no local income taxes in Wisconsin, so you don't need to worry about paying any additional taxes to your city or county. However, you might still have other local taxes that may affect your budgeting, such as sales tax.

One of the notable tax forms that you need to be aware of when working in Wisconsin is Form WT-4, which is the Wisconsin equivalent of Form W-4. Form WT-4 allows your employer to determine how much state income tax to withhold from your paycheck. You should update Form WT-4 whenever you have a change in your personal or financial situation that affects your tax liability.

Besides income taxes, you also have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, which are collectively known as FICA taxes. These are federal payroll taxes that help fund the Social Security and Medicare programs. You've likely heard of these.

The Social Security tax rate is 6.2% and the Medicare tax rate is 1.45% for both employees and employers. However, if you earn more than a set limit a year, you alone have to pay an additional 0.9% Medicare surtax on the excess amount. Note that Social Security is only calculated based on a maximum wage of $147,000 in 2022.

Depending on your employer and your personal choices, you may also have other voluntary withholdings from your paycheck, such as health insurance premiums, retirement savings plans (such as 401(k) or IRA), or charitable donations.

These items may reduce your taxable income and lower your tax liability if they can be done pre-tax. On the other hand, post-tax ones will not affect your tax liability since these would be made after taxes are calculated.

State Income Tax Brackets

Single or Head of Household
Married Filing Jointly
Married Filing Separately

For 2022 tax year

Taxable Income (USD)Tax Rate
First 12,7603.54%
From 12,760 to 25,5204.65%
From 25,520 to 280,9505.3%
From 280,950 onwards7.65%

For 2022 tax year

Taxable Income (USD)Tax Rate
First 17,0103.54%
From 17,010 to 34,0304.65%
From 34,030 to 374,6005.3%
From 374,600 onwards7.65%

For 2022 tax year

Taxable Income (USD)Tax Rate
First 8,5103.54%
From 8,510 to 17,0104.65%
From 17,010 to 187,3005.3%
From 187,300 onwards7.65%

Those that are married filing jointly see the same tax rate range, but have their tax bracket amounts increased.

Both a state standard deduction and a personal exemption exist and vary depending on your filing status and income. The former phases out and is lowered for high income earners up to certain points where it then goes away completely while the latter is a fixed amount.

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  • 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.
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