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Use SmartAsset's paycheck calculator to calculate your take home pay per paycheck for both salary and hourly jobs after taking into account federal, state, and local taxes.

Overview of Alabama Taxes

Alabama has income taxes that range from 2% up to 5%, just slightly below the national average. The Heart of Dixie has a progressive income tax rate, in which the amount of tax withheld depends on which of three tax brackets you fall under. This generally means that you’ll be at a higher rate if you earn more.

Residents of Alabama usually have their federal tax, along with their state tax, withheld from each paycheck. Depending on which county you live in, local income taxes are also withheld.

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Alabama Paycheck Calculator

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Alabama Paycheck Quick Facts
  • State income tax rate: 2% - 5%
  • Median household income: $46,472 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities with local income taxes: 26

How Your Alabama Paycheck Works

Whether you’re a Huntsville Havoc or a Birmingham Barons fan, you’re going to get taxes taken out of your paycheck. It’s not fun, but it is unavoidable.

Your employer withholds FICA and federal income taxes from your paychecks. These taxes go to the IRS, who in turn sends them out Medicare to Social Security and applies them toward your annual income taxes. Your employer also withholds Alabama state income tax. Depending on where you live in the state, local taxes also come out of your paycheck. The amount your employer withholds will depend on the information you provide on your W-4 tax form. You need to fill out a new W-4 every time you start a new job and you may want or need to fill out a new one after big life changes, such as marriage or divorce. If you haven’t reviewed your W-4 recently, you may want to check it at the beginning of 2019 just to make sure all the information is still correct. Because of the tax plan that President Trump signed in late 2017, it’s possible that your withholdings will change slightly from 2018 to 2019.

One factor that may affect how much tax is withheld from your paycheck is your marital status. Because your filing status affects what income tax bracket you are in, it also impacts how much comes out of your paycheck for income taxes.

You might also get a bigger paycheck if you qualify for certain withholding allowances, such as the number of dependents you have. Keep in mind though, that if you’re getting a bigger paycheck, you might have a bigger tax bill come April. It’s a good idea to use a paycheck calculator, like this one, to see how claiming certain allowances will affect how much tax is taken out of your paychecks.

Your paycheck size will also differ depending on any contributions you choose to make. Say, for example, your employer offers health benefits. If you elect to contribute money toward a flexible spending account or a health savings plan, it will be deducted from your paycheck. The same is true if you want to contribute to a retirement plan like a 401(k) plan. This money will be taken out before your earnings hit your bank account; because they’re considered pre-tax contributions, your total taxable income (and thus the taxes you pay) will go down. (A notable exception is contributions to a Roth 401(k), which come out after income tax is applied).

Alabama Median Household Income

YearMedian Income
2017$46,472
2016$44,758
2015$43,623
2014$42,830
2013$42,849
2012$41,574
2011$41,415
2010$40,474
2009$40,489
2008$42,666

If your filing status is single, married filing separately or head of household, you will get taxed 2% on your first $500 of taxable income, 4% on earnings up to $3,000 and 5% on income over that amount. If you’re married and filing jointly, that 2% of taxable income goes up to the first $1,000, 4% up to $6,000 and 5% over that.

Alabamians working in some cities and counties have to pay local income taxes, called occupational taxes, of between 0.5% and 2%. These local taxes apply whether or not you’re a resident in those areas.

But overall, Alabama has one of the lowest tax burdens in the U.S. If the combination of low property taxes and low income taxes has you considering a move to the Yellowhammer State, take a look at our mortgage guide for details on rates and on getting mortgages in Alabama.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Alabama Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $5002.00%
$500 - $3,0004.00%
$3,000+5.00%
Married, Filing Jointly
Alabama Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $1,0002.00%
$1,000 - $6,0004.00%
$6,000+5.00%
Married, Filing Separately
Alabama Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $5002.00%
$500 - $3,0004.00%
$3,000+5.00%
Head of Household
Alabama Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $5002.00%
$500 - $3,0004.00%
$3,000+5.00%

Depending on where you live in the Yellowhammer State, you’re also going to be paying municipal occupational taxes. These apply to your gross wages -- not your taxable income -- and are withheld from your paycheck.

Occupational Tax Rates

CityOccupational Tax Rate
Attalla2.00%
Auburn1.00%
Bear Creek1.00%
Bessemer1.00%
Birmingham1.00%
Brilliant1.00%
Fairfield1.00%
Gadsden2.00%
Glencoe2.00%
Goodwater0.75%
Guin1.00%
Hacklebug1.00%
Haleyville1.00%
Hamilton1.00%
Irondale1.00%
Leeds1.00%
Lynn1.00%
Midfield1.00%
Mosses1.00%
Opelika1.50%
Rainbow City2.00%
Red Bay0.50%
Shorter1.00%
Southside2.00%
Sulligent1.00%
Tuskegee2.00%

How You Can Affect Your Alabama Paycheck

The simplest way to change how much tax is withheld from your paycheck is to change how many allowances you claim on your W-4. Maybe you have a new dependent you want to claim, or you just got married or divorced. The more allowances you claim, the less taxes are withheld and the bigger your paycheck is. Just be wary of claiming too many allowances. This could cause you to underpay, which would result in you owing money come tax season.

You can also change your paycheck by asking your employer to withhold a dollar amount from each of your paychecks, in addition to the allowances you claim. There is a line on the W-4 that allows you to specify additional withholding. Say, for example, you want to withhold $50 from each paycheck. Simply write that amount on the correct line on the W-4.

Finally, making pre-tax contributions can affect your paycheck. If you can afford it, consider sheltering more money in pre-tax retirement accounts such as your 401(k) or 403(b). Since that money comes out of your wages before income taxes are removed, it lowers your taxable income and can help save you money. The same goes for putting money into a Health Savings Account or a Flexible Spending Account. Just remember that you have to actually use any money you put into an HSA or FSA or you will lose it, as those accounts don’t roll over from year to year.

Alabama Top Income Tax Rate

YearRate
20185.00%
20175.00%
20165.00%
20155.00%
20145.00%
20135.00%
20125.00%
20115.00%
20095.00%
20085.00%
20075.00%

Most Paycheck Friendly Places

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights the most paycheck friendly counties across the country. Zoom between states and the national map to see data points for each region, or look specifically at one of the four factors driving our analysis: Semi-Monthly Paycheck, Purchasing Power, Unemployment Rate, and Income Growth.

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Rank County Semi-Monthly Paycheck Purchasing Power Unemployment Rate Income Growth

Methodology Our study aims to find the most paycheck friendly places in the country. These are places in the country with favorable economic conditions where you get to keep more of the money you make. To find these places we considered four different factors: semi-monthly paycheck, purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth.

First, we calculated the semi-monthly paycheck for a single individual with two personal allowances. We applied relevant deductions and exemptions before calculating income tax withholding. To better compare withholding across counties we assumed a $50,000 annual income. We then indexed the paycheck amount for each county to reflect the counties with the lowest withholding burden.

We then created a purchasing power index for each county. This reflects the counties with the highest ratio of household income to cost of living. We also created an unemployment rate index that shows the counties with the lowest unemployment. For income growth, we calculated the annual growth in median income over five years for each county and indexed the results.

Finally, we calculated the weighted average of the indices to yield an overall paycheck friendliness score. We used a one half weighting for semi-monthly paycheck and a one-sixth weighting for purchasing power, unemployment rate and income growth. We indexed the final number so higher values reflect the most paycheck friendly places.

Sources: SmartAsset, government websites, US Census Bureau 2017 5-Year American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study, Bureau of Labor Statistics