Net pay, or take-home pay, is the amount of money an employee receives after deductions and withholdings are subtracted from their gross pay. Deductions typically include 

  • Taxes (federal, state, and local)
  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Retirement contributions
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Other voluntary deductions

Net pay represents the actual earnings available to the employee for personal use and is deposited into their bank account or provided as a physical paycheck.

It includes their base salary or hourly wages, as well as any bonuses, commissions, or tips they may earn. Net pay is the actual amount that an employee can use for personal expenses and saving, as opposed to gross income which is the total amount they earn before any deductions are made.

What is the difference between gross and net pay?

Gross pay and net pay are connected but have important differences. Gross pay refers to an employee’s total earnings before deductions. It includes wages or salary and any additional income like bonuses or overtime pay. So, gross pay represents the full value of an employee’s work. Net pay, on the other hand, is the amount an employee receives after deductions are subtracted from their gross pay. In other words, their take-home pay. 

How do you calculate net pay?

To calculate net pay, you can use a simple formula: 

Net pay = gross income – deductions

This gives you the total amount an employee takes home after all necessary deductions are made. It is important to note that net pay can vary based on factors such as tax rates and individual deductions, so it may be different for every paycheck.

What is “balance of net pay”?

The “balance of net pay” indicates that if you have a single account designated for direct deposit, your entire paycheck will be deposited into that account. However, if you have multiple accounts set up, the final account to receive your paycheck on payday receives “the balance of net pay.”

The account designated to receive the “balance of net pay” is often called the “balance of net pay” account. 

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