How to calculate gross salary from net salary

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How to calculate gross salary from net salary
You can figure out your gross salary from your net salary. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

When you receive a paycheck from your employer, you may be surprised that the check's amount -- called the net pay -- is less than what you expected, given your hourly wage. With a calculator and a pay stub, you can figure out your gross pay.

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Things you need

  • Calculator
  • Pay stub

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  1. 1

    Find the net pay listed on your check stub. This is the amount paid to you.

  2. 2

    Find the total deductions that were taken from your gross pay. This includes mandatory state, federal, local and Social Security taxes. If your employer provides medical insurance and you pay a portion of it, the amount will be noted in the deductions area.

  3. 3

    Add the total deductions to your net pay to calculate your gross wages. This number equals your hourly wage times the number of hours you worked.

Tips and warnings

  • When applying for financial aid, Social Security benefits or any other income-contingent program, your gross pay will be used to calculate eligibility.

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