# My hourly rate doesn't match salary-what gives?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

I think you’re doing the math wrong.

18.27 * 40 * 52 = 38,001.60

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
• Wedding: October 2014

Check your math. WHen I do 18.27 Times 40 Times 52  I get 38,001.60.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
• Wedding: May 2017

That’s weird because if you multiply it how the PP did it is accurate. But if you multiply by months in the year it comes out to the 35 you said. I think PP is correct.  I don’t see a discrepancy.

Post # 5
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Wannabee

Hi. So are you paid biweekly, I’m assuming? If so, the hourly rate you were paid was correct. Being paid biweekly means that there are 26 pay periods in the year, and there will be two months of the year where you receive 3 checks (usually June and December). 38000/26 biweekly pay periods is 1461.53.  Divide that then by the 80 hours in the pay period and you arrive at 18.27.  I think the math you did was with 2 paychecks per month.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

There are an average of 4.333333 weeks in a month, not 4 weeks.  You are dividing 38000 by 12 months, then 12 months by 4 weeks, then by 40 hours.  That only works if there are only 48 weeks in a year, but there are 52.  You have to divide your monthly amount by 4.333333333, not 4.  Or just divide your annual by 52.  Either way, it looks like HR is correct.

38000 / 52 weeks = 730.77 / 40 hours = 18.27 per hour

Post # 7
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Helper bee

You have to multiply the way PP did. Some months have more payment cycles so you have to make sure you multiply by weeks in the year.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
• Wedding: August 2012

You can’t multiply it by month. You get 26 paycheques a year. If you go by month that’s only 24.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Standard hours per year is 2,080 (40 hours per week x 52 weeks per year) – with that math you are at \$38,001.60. You can’t multiply by months because if there were only 4 weeks in every month, each month would only have 28 days.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

Yeah i always do what ever the salary by half is about what the hourly is. Ex 50 a year is 25 an hour

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

crazychickenlady :  this is how we calculate it at work as well. I work in HR/Hiring Manager

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Everyone here is correct. I write offer letters and for some of positions, I have to figure out the hourly rate. I divide the annual salary by 2080 to get the hourly rate, so 38000 / 2080 = \$18.27.

2080 comes from the standard work week hours of 40 multiplied by 52 weeks (40 hours x 52 weeks = 2080).