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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 Arizona Taxes

Arizona has a progressive tax system, with varying rates depending on your income level. There are four tax brackets that range from 2.59% and 4.50%. There are no local income taxes. Of course, you’ll have federal taxes deducted from each paycheck along with your state taxes.

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Arizona Paycheck Calculator

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Arizona Paycheck Quick Facts

  • Arizona income tax rate: 2.59% - 4.50%
  • Median household income: $56,213 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0

How Your Arizona Paycheck Works

Like every other state, employers in Arizona withhold federal income and FICA taxes from your paychecks. That money goes to the IRS, who then divvies it up into Social Security, Medicare and, of course, your annual income taxes. Based on the information you provide on your W-4 form (which you need to fill out every time your filing status changes or you get a new job), your employer will withhold a certain amount of taxes.

Because President Trump signed a new tax plan into law in December 2017, you may have noticed a change in your paycheck calculations between 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, the IRS made adjustments to the Form W-4 for 2020, so if you didn’t check your W-4 in 2019, you may want to do so to ensure that all of your information is up to date.

This new W-4 removes the use of allowances, along with the option to claim personal or dependency exemptions. Filers will have to enter dollar amounts instead of the number of withholding allowances. The dollar amounts will represent income tax credits, non-wage income, itemized and other deductions and total annual taxable wages. The updated form also features a five-step process that allows filers to enter personal information, claim dependents, indicate any additional income and more.

These alterations will primarily affect those adjusting their withholdings and changing jobs. Beyond this, all employees hired as of Jan. 1, 2020 must complete a new W-4. The tax return you file in April 2021 will contain any adjustments you’ve made to your withholdings now.

Making pre- and post-tax deductions will also impact how much is withheld from your paycheck. For example, if your employer has a 401(k) plan and you utilize it, your contributions will come directly out of your paycheck. The money you contribute to a 401(k) plan will be deducted before taxes are taken out. This lowers your taxable income and could be a good way for you to save on your taxes until retirement. You could also put money in a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA). Again, this money will be deducted from your checks pre-tax.

Arizona Median Household Income

YearMedian Household Income
2018$56,213
2017$53,510
2016$51,340
2015$50,255
2014$50,068
2013$48,510
2012$47,826
2011$46,709
2010$46,789
2009$48,745
2008$50,958
2007$49,889
2006$47,265

Filing as a single person in Arizona, you will get taxed at a rate of 2.59% on your first $26,500 of taxable income; 3.34% up to $53,000; 4.17% up to $159,000; and 4.50% on income beyond $159,001. Note that these are marginal tax rates, so the rate in question only applies to the income that falls within that bracket. If you decide to file jointly or as a head of household (as in you’re the only one in your home who's earning taxable income), the income brackets are roughly doubled and the tax rates are the same.

If you work in certain industries, your employer might not have to withhold Arizona taxes. If you have a spouse in the Armed Forces who is in Arizona on military orders, then you might be exempt. You will need to prove that you’re in the state solely to join your spouse and that you and your spouse maintain a domicile in another state. Other industries that are exempt from withholding include seasonal agricultural workers, motion picture production employees or non-residents who are in Arizona temporarily to help with disaster recovery.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Arizona Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $26,5002.59%
$26,501 - $53,0003.34%
$53,001 - $159,0004.17%
$159,001+4.50%
Married, Filing Jointly
Arizona Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $53,0002.59%
$53,001 - $106,0003.34%
$106,001 - $318,0004.17%
$318,001+4.50%
Married, Filing Separately
Arizona Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $26,5002.59%
$26,501 - $53,0003.34%
$53,001 - $159,0004.17%
$159,001+4.50%
Head of Household
Arizona Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $53,0002.59%
$53,001 - $106,0003.34%
$106,001 - $318,0004.17%
$318,001+4.50%

A financial advisor in Arizona can help you understand how taxes fit into your overall financial goals. Financial advisors can also help with investing and financial plans, including retirement, homeownership, insurance and more, to make sure you are preparing for the future.

How You Can Affect Your Arizona Paycheck

One of the simplest ways to change the size of your paycheck is to ask your employer to withhold a certain dollar amount each pay period. If you think you might owe a lot come tax season, you can get more withheld from each paycheck throughout the year. All you have to do is specify a dollar amount to be withheld on the appropriate line of the W-4. If you can afford to have a smaller paycheck, you might thank yourself later when you end up avoiding paying a huge lump sum in April.

If you work overtime, keep in mind that you may actually be taking home a smaller paycheck than you expect if your extra income pushes you into a higher tax bracket. Do some quick calculations to see if the extra hours are worth it for your situation.

As is mentioned above, modifying your pre-tax contributions will also affect the amount of taxes withheld. Think about saving more in your retirement accounts or medical accounts.

Arizona Top Income Tax Rate

YearTop Income Tax Rate
20194.50%
20184.54%
20174.54%
20164.54%
20154.54%
20144.54%
20134.54%
20124.54%
20114.54%
20094.54%
20084.54%
20074.79%
20065.04%

Most Paycheck Friendly Places

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights the most paycheck friendly counties across the U.S. Zoom between states and the national map to see data points for each region, or look specifically at one of the four ranking factors in 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 To find the most paycheck friendly places for counties across the country, we considered four 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, or greatest take-home pay.

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 index that shows the counties with the lowest rate of unemployment. For income growth, we calculated the annual growth in median income throughout a five year period for each county and then 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 2018 American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study, Bureau of Labor Statistics