Use this calculator to easily **convert your hourly rate to a yearly salary**, monthly salary or weekly salary. Estimate how much you would make a year at a given hourly wage, e.g. $XX an hour is how much a year.

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- Hourly to Salary calculation
- Holidays and vacation days assumptions
- Practical examples
- Choosing a good hourly rate / salary

- A degree does not guarantee a given income level
- Take all expenses into account

## Hourly to Salary calculation

In order to **convert an hourly rate to salary**, you need to first enter your hourly pay and an average number of hours per week that you bill. Then you need to enter things that will allow us to estimate an equivalent weekly, monthly, and yearly salary: the number of working days per week, the number of days that we should subtract due to official holidays, as well as the number of days you take off work to go on vacation. See more on this below.

Then our hourly to salary calculator multiplies your hourly rate by the average number of hours your work per year, then subtracts the hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours you do not work due to holidays and vacations. This gives a very accurate estimate of what yearly salary corresponds to a given hourly pay. From that our calculator calculates and displays the equivalent daily, monthly, and weekly salary.

## Holidays and vacation days assumptions

It is assumed that all holidays you specify do not coincide with weekends. If you can, check that it is the case by using a calendar and a list of official holidays.

Similarly, for vacation days, you must enter only the days you take off work, not the whole duration of your vacation, including weekends and official holidays. Say you take a 2-week vacation, during which there is an official holiday on the first Monday, and that you are on a regular 5-day work week. This means that in our hourly to salary calculator above you need to enter 5 x 2 - 1 = 9 vacation days, not 10, and certainly not 14 (7 x 2).

## Practical examples

All of the examples use the reasonably realistic assumption of a 40-hour working week with 49 full working weeks a year. This is equivalent to ten working days off per year as well as another five days off due to state holidays coinciding with working days. In total this equals three calendar weeks of vacation per year. All calculations exclude taxes, which may be significant depending on the tax policy of your country and state regarding different types of income.

### $15 an hour is how much a year?

An hourly wage of $15 is equivalent to $29,484 a year under the assumption of 49 full 40-hour working weeks in a year. In terms of a monthly salary this is $2,457, a weekly wage of exactly $600, and a daily wage of $120.

### $17 an hour is how much a year?

$17 an hour is equivalent to a salary of $33,415 a year if one works on average forty-nine working weeks. This equals a monthly salary of $2,785, a weekly wage of $680, or $136 daily.

### $20 an hour is how much a year?

A payment rate of $20 an hour equals an yearly salary of $39,312 assuming forty-nine full 40-hour working weeks in a year. An equivalent monthly salary is $3,276, or $800 weekly and $160 daily.

### $25 an hour is how much a year?

Receiving $25 an hour is equivalent to a salary of $49,140 a year with realistic assumptions, which is also $4,095 per month, $1000 per week, or $200 per day.

### $30 an hour is how much a year?

An hourly rate of $30 is equivalent to $58,968 a year under realistic assumptions for the number of hours worked in a year. In terms of a monthly salary this is $4,914, a weekly wage of exactly $1200, and a daily wage of $240.

## Choosing a good hourly rate / salary

As with the price of any goods exchanged on a free market, hourly wages are determined primarily by the law of **supply and demand** - you will be able to negotiate work only where the two meet, and nowhere else. This meeting point is specific to your business niche, your expertise (a.k.a. "human capital"), and sometimes to your location and language skills.

### A degree does not guarantee a given income level

Some people wrongly assume that a given degree warrants them a given rate, or that the fact that their current lifestyle requires them to earn a given hourly pay to be maintained, means that someone has to pay them that rate. In fact, your hourly rate or salary is related to your living expenses only inasmuch as you will most likely be unwilling to work for an hourly rate that will not allow you to support yourself. Naturally, you will also be more inclined to sign a contract for a rate that allows you to also set money aside, so you can start your own business, or buy a nicer house or car, or send your kids to a better college. When considering your annual salary based on a given hourly rate you should take into account both your regular expenses, as well as expenses that might increase or decrease depending on the volume of work you are doing. This, of course, assumes you are covering some of those expenses.

### Take all expenses into account

If you end up comparing your hourly rate as a consultant or outside contractor to wages given to employees, make sure to account for the expenses you incur which an employer is usually covering for their employees, such as office space, electronics, software subscriptions, accounting expenses, professional education, certification, office perks, and so on. The wage paid for the same work would likely be adjusted down to account for such expenses being **covered by the employer instead of your own pocket**. Consequently, the hourly rate needs to be adjusted up if switching from a job to freelancing to account for the fact that these expenses are going to be covered by you going forward.

For an ever more detailed view of the complications involved in converting hourly rates to yearly salary as well as tips for setting your hourly rate as a freelancer see Getting Paid 45 an Hour is How Much a Year?.

## Before versus after tax income

When using this hourly to salary calculator to learn how much your hourly rate is as an yearly salary, you should always consider the difference between pre-tax and after-tax annual salary, and hence - hourly. Make sure you account for all applicable local and state taxes imposed on labor. Yes, however illogical it seems due to the economics 101 knowledge that everything you tax tends to diminish, while everything you subsidize tends to grow, labor is taxed in many jurisdictions around the world, suggesting that there is a desire to make people produce less. Just remember that in the end you will not be able to spend the sum written on your salary check or hourly-rate invoice, and that in many jurisdictions employment on a job contract may be taxed differently than employment as an outside contractor or self-employment.