How to Figure Hourly Pay for Salary Employees


A salaried employee does not clock in and clock out like an hourly employee because the salaried employee is not paid by the amount of time he spends on the job. However, that does not mean the salaried employee does not worry about how much he makes per hour. If you are a salaried employee, you may want to calculate your hourly rate to figure out if a job you are offered pays more than your current position.

Estimate the number of hours you work per week and the number of weeks per year that you work. For example, if you earn a salary for a seasonal position, you might work 50 hours per week but only 25 weeks per year.

Multiply the number of weeks per year you are paid, including paid vacations, by the average number of hours you work per week. Most full-time employees work 40 hours per week, 52 week per year, for a total of 2,080 hours per year. However, in the seasonal employee example, multiply 25 by 50 to get 1,250 hours worked.

Divide your annual salary by the number of hours per year you work. For the standard full-time employee, if you earn $51,000, divide $51,000 by 2,080 to find the hourly wage equals $24.52. For the alternative seasonal employee who makes $31,000, divide $31,000 by 1,250 to get $24.80.

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