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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 with seven tax brackets, meaning how much you pay in income tax depends on how much you earn. Residents of Connecticut don’t have to pay local taxes, as there are none in the state.

This calculator reflects the 2018 federal withholding tax changes.
Click here to learn more about how the Trump Tax Plan will affect you.

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Connecticut Paycheck Quick Facts
  • Connecticut income tax rate: 3% - 6.99%
  • Median household income: $71,755 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0

How Your Connecticut Paycheck Works

Employers in the Nutmeg State will withhold federal taxes to be given to the IRS. The IRS counts it toward your annual income taxes. It also puts your hard-earned money toward Medicare and Social Security. Your W-4 form determines how much is going be withheld in federal taxes, and 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 gets taken out is determined in part by whether you are single, the head of household or married filing jointly or 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 as well. Just exercise caution as you might get a surprise from the IRS in the form of a huge tax bill in April if you claim too many allowances and underpay your taxes all year.

In December 2017, President Trump signed a new tax plan into law. The IRS has since released updated tax withholding guidelines and taxpayers should have seen changes to their paychecks, to reflect the new tax plan, starting in February 2018. For the time being, taxpayers do not need to fill out a new W-4. Employers will use the withholdings on your current form.

Connecticut Median Household Income

YearMedian Household Income
2016$71,755
2015$70,331
2014$70,048
2013$67,098
2012$67,276
2011$65,753
2010$64,032
2009$67,034
2008$68,595
2007$65,967
2006$63,422

Residents of Connecticut are taxed at a variable tax rate, which is dependent 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.

Lucky for you, there are no local taxes in Connecticut no matter how many times a week you frequent Cumby’s.

Looking to get away from the local income tax you’re currently paying? Perhaps Connecticut is the place for you. Take a look at our mortgage guide to learn about mortgage rates and getting a mortgage in Connecticut to help you make your decision.

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%
$500,000+6.99%
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%
$500,000+6.99%
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%
$800,000+6.99%

How You Can Affect Your Connecticut Paycheck

There are many different ways to tweak your paycheck to adjust your taxes. 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 be slammed with a killer bill come April.

One no-brainer 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. It’s simple: Just write down how much money you want out, say $50 per check, on the appropriate line when filling out a new W-4.

Another option is to see which allowances you can add or subtract. When deciding on this, you’ll what to 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 see if that will help with your paycheck. If you end up getting large tax refund for example, it might be a good idea to claim allowances for dependents (if you have them) so you can use that extra money sooner than later.

Making pre-tax contributions is another factor that helps with altering your taxable income. If you’re lucky, it might even bump you down the tax bracket.

There are a few ways to make pre-tax contributions. You can add maximize your savings 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 better it might be for you. Sure, it might seem that you’ll get less every paycheck, but you’re merely saving that money for retirement or to spend at a later time.

Connecticut Top Income Tax Rate

YearTop Income Tax Rate
20176.99%
20166.99%
20156.99%
20146.70%
20136.70%
20126.70%
20116.50%
20106.50%
20095.00%
20085.00%
20075.00%
20065.00%
20055.00%
20045.00%
20034.50%
20024.50%
20014.50%
20004.50%

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 2016 5-Year American Community Survey, MIT Living Wage Study, Bureau of Labor Statistics