$30,000 A Year Is How Much An Hour?

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When looking for a job, pay is a big factor in deciding whether or not to apply. Employers in Colorado are now required to include compensation on their job posts, but that is before taxes and doesn’t include any benefits. If one posting is paid by the hour and one is salaried, how do you compare them?

$30,000 A Year Is How Much An Hour?

An annual salary of $30,000, working 40 hours per week (assuming it’s a full-time job of 8 hours per day), will get you $14.71 per hour.

Gross Pay

The chart below breaks down an annual salary of $30,000 into what your gross pay would be for common pay periods.

Pay Period Gross Pay Math
Hourly $14.71 $30,000 / 2040 hours
Daily $82.19 $30,000 / 365 days
Weekly $576.92 $30,000 / 52 weeks
Biweekly $1153.85 $30,000 / 52 weeks x  2
1st and 15th $1250 $30,000 / 12 months / 2
Monthly $2500 $30,000 / 12 months

Your Take-Home Pay

Even though your gross pay is a line on your pay stub, your net pay is how much you actually get in your bank account. This is after all of your deductions, including contributions to things like retirement accounts, not just taxes. You will have to adjust for your personal contributions and deductions, but the chart below can get you started.

The effective tax rate is the average rate that a person is taxed, because the U.S. uses a progressive tax system with marginal rates. The progressive system in the U.S. means that the first $10,275 is always put in the 10% tax bucket, then anything over that up to $41,775 is put in the 12% tax bucket, etc.

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State Income Tax

States can also collect income tax. State tax rates vary, but nine states don’t collect any income taxes.

These states are:

  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Other Factors Affecting Net Pay

Taxes aren’t the only factors that affect net pay. If you contribute to an HSA or FSA, your net pay will be lower, but it will save you money in the long run. If your employer offers reimbursements, that will make your net pay higher.

You can also increase your net pay on your check by increasing the deductions on your W-4. Make sure you can actually take those deductions or you will have to pay them back when you file your taxes.


Converting $30,000 a year into an hourly gross rate is easy, but figuring out how much you will actually take home will depend on the tax year, as well as other factors such as if you contribute to a 401(k) or a health care savings plan, as examples.

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