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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 Connecticut Taxes

Connecticut has a progressive tax rate, meaning how much you pay in income tax depends on how much you earn. There are seven tax brackets that range from 3% up to 6.99%. Residents of Connecticut don’t have to pay local taxes, as there are no cities or towns in the state that charge their own income taxes.

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Connecticut Paycheck Quick Facts
  • Connecticut income tax rate: 3% - 6.99%
  • Median household income: $73,781 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0

How Your Connecticut Paycheck Works

Employers in the Nutmeg State withhold federal taxes from each of their employees’ paychecks. The IRS applies these taxes toward your annual income taxes. Some of it also goes to FICA taxes, which pay for Medicare and Social Security. Your W-4 form determines how much your employer withholds. You should fill out a new form every time you start a new job or make a life change (like getting married or adopting a child).

Your marital status is a key factor that affects your taxes. How much comes out of your paycheck is determined in part by whether you are single, the head of household, married filing jointly or married filing separately. Connecticut recognizes same-sex marriages for income tax purposes, so keep that in mind when filling out your W-4.

Withholding allowances can also help get you a bigger paycheck if you qualify for them. For example, if you have children or other qualifying dependents, you can claim them on your W-4 form. Just exercise caution as you might find yourself with a big tax bill if you claim too many allowances.

In December 2017, President Trump signed a new tax plan into law. The IRS updated tax withholding guidelines in early 2018, so you likely saw a slight change in the size of your paychecks. If you haven’t already, early in 2019 is a good time to look at your W-4 and double-check that all the information is correct.

Connecticut Median Household Income

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Residents of Connecticut are taxed at a variable tax rate that depends on your income. If you are single or married and filing separately, the tax rate is 3% for those who make $10,000 or less in taxable income; 5% for up to $50,000; 5.5% for up to $100,000; 6% for up to $200,000; 6.5% for up to $250,000; 6.9% for up to $500,000 and 6.99% for over $500,000. If you’re married and filing jointly, the tax rates remain the same but those income rates are doubled. There are no local taxes in Connecticut.

If you’re planning a move to Connecticut or if you otherwise need a mortgage in the state, take a look at our mortgage guide to learn about mortgage rates and getting a mortgage in Connecticut.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Connecticut Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $50,0005.00%
$50,000 - $100,0005.50%
$100,000 - $200,0006.00%
$200,000 - $250,0006.50%
$250,000 - $500,0006.90%
Married, Filing Jointly
Connecticut Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $20,0003.00%
$20,000 - $100,0005.00%
$100,000 - $200,0005.50%
$200,000 - $400,0006.00%
$400,000 - $500,0006.50%
$500,000 - $1,000,0006.90%
$1,000,000+ 6.99%
Married, Filing Separately
Connecticut Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $10,0003.00%
$10,000 - $50,0005.00%
$50,000 - $100,0005.50%
$100,000 - $200,0006.00%
$200,000 - $250,0006.50%
$250,000 - $500,0006.90%
Head of Household
Connecticut Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $16,0003.00%
$16,000 - $80,0005.00%
$80,000 - $160,0005.50%
$160,000 - $320,0006.00%
$320,000 - $400,0006.50%
$400,000 - $800,0006.90%

How You Can Affect Your Connecticut Paycheck

There are multiple ways to adjust your tax withholding and tweak your paycheck. Pay special attention if you paid a large sum last year during tax season, as it might be an indication that you are claiming too many allowances or not having enough taxes taken out each month. Losing money from each paycheck might seem painful, but it could be preferable to getting slammed with a killer bill come April.

Start by seeing which allowances you can add or subtract. Consider factors like whether or not you are married, if you have children and how many jobs you have. Again, same-sex partners can file jointly, so make sure to factor that into your calculations. If you end up getting a large tax refund, for example, you might want to claim allowances for dependents (if you have them) so you can use that extra money throughout the year.

Another way to change your withholding is to simply ask your employer to do so. In fact, you can specify the exact amount you want taken out each paycheck, in addition to the allowances you claim. Just write down how much money you want taken out on the appropriate line of your W-4.

Making pre-tax contributions is another factor that alters your taxable income. If you’re lucky, it might even bump you down into a lower tax bracket. There are a few ways to make pre-tax contributions. You can put money in a 401(k) or 403(b) if your employer offers it. You can also choose to take advantage of contributions such as supplemental insurance and other types of spending accounts, like a Health Savings Account or commuter benefits program. The more pre-tax contributions you can make, the lower your taxable income is. Sure, it might seem that you get less every paycheck, but you’re merely saving that money for retirement or to spend at a later time. And because it’s withdrawn pre-tax, it’s lowering your overall taxable income.

Connecticut Top Income Tax Rate

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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.

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