A yearly salary of $40,000 converts to an approximate hourly wage of **$20 per hour.**

If you work 40 hours a week and take 2 weeks of vacation per year, you work 2000 hours per year.

$40,000 / 2000 hours = $20 / hour

## How to do the mental math calculation

A quick way to convert a yearly salary to an hourly rate in your head = Divide the salary by 2 and cross out 3 zeros aka divide by 1000.

- So $40,000 = $20,000.
- Then cross out 3 zeros = $20,
~~000~~and you get $20 - Let’s try it again. $100,000 / 2 = $50,000.
- Cross out 3 zeros and you get $50 per hour!
- Viola it’s that easy.

You can also do the mental math the other way from an hourly rate to a yearly salary.

- $20 per hour * 2 = $40
- Then add 3 zeros to get $40,000.

## What’s your after tax hourly rate?

At an annual income of $40,000 you’ll pay about 11% in federal and state income tax. That will change sligthly depending on which state you live in or if you’re lucky enough to live in a state without income tax.

You’ll also pay about 8.25% in social security and medicare taxes.

- Federal and State Taxes = $20 * 11% = $2.2
- Social Security and Medicare = $20 * 8.25% = $1.65
- Total taxes ~ $3.85
- Your after tax hourly wage ~ $16.15

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