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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 Kansas Taxes

There are two tax brackets in Sunflower State which are dependent on taxpayers’ income level. Income tax rates in Kansas are 2.7% or 4.6%. There are no local income taxes on wages in the state (but if you have income from other sources, like interest or dividends, you might be taxed locally).

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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Kansas Paycheck Quick Facts
  • Kansas income tax: 2.9% - 5.2%
  • Median household income: $53,571 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities with local income taxes: 0 (But a number of cities and counties levy local tax on interest and dividends.)

How Your Kansas Paycheck Works

When you received your first paycheck from your first job, it may have been considerably lower than you were expecting based on the salary you were quoted. That’s because you can’t simply divide your annual salary by 52 to determine your weekly wages. Your actual paycheck is less than that because you have to pay taxes.

For starters, your employer will withhold federal income and FICA taxes from your paycheck. You pay 1.45% of your wages in Medicare taxes and 6.2% in Social Security taxes (combined these make up FICA taxes). Your employer matches those amounts so the total contribution is doubled. Additionally, if you make an excess of $200,000, those wages will be subject to a Medicare surtax of 0.9%, which is not matched. The federal income taxes that are withheld go to your annual income taxes.

Your employer figures out how much should be withheld in taxes from each of your paychecks depending on the information you filled out on your W-4 form. For example, how many qualifying dependents you have and your filing status (single, head of household, etc.) will affect your income tax bracket and your withholding allowances. The more allowances you claim, the less will be taken out for taxes and the bigger your paycheck will be. Just be careful not to claim too many allowances. If you do, you risk paying too little in taxes all year and then being presented with a big bill during tax season.

The more allowances you claim, the less you will pay in taxes and the bigger your paycheck will be.

But be careful in claiming too many allowances, if you do, you risk paying too little in taxes all year and then being presented with a big bill during tax season.

Withholding calculations changed for the 2018 tax year because of the tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law in December 2017. The IRS released updated tax withholding guidelines in January 2018 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.

If you have more than one job, you can’t claim the same allowances for both, so your options are to divide up your allowances between your jobs or to take all your allowances at one job and none at any other jobs.

If you make contributions to a retirement plan like a 401(k) or a Health Savings Account (HSA), that money will come out of your paycheck. However, those contributions come out of your paycheck prior to taxes, so they lower your taxable income and save you money.

Additionally, if you have a health insurance or life insurance plan through your employer, any premiums you pay will come out of your wages.

Kansas Median Household Income

YearMedian Household Income
2016$53,571
2015$52,205
2014$52,504
2013$50,972
2012$50,241
2011$48,964
2010$48,257
2009$47,817
2008$50,177

Currently there are three tax brackets depending on income level. If you are single, married and filing separately or the head of the household, you will be taxed at 2.9% on the first $15,000 of taxable income, at 4.9% on the next $15,000 and at 5.2% on all income above $30,000. For married couples filing jointly, the tax rates are the same but the income brackets are doubled. For the 2018 tax year, which you will file in early 2019, the tax rate for all three brackets will increase.

There are no local income taxes on wages in Kansas, but a number of counties, cities and townships have local intangibles taxes on interest, dividends and securities transactions.

If you are a Kansas resident and you paid income tax to another state on wages earned in that state, you may be eligible for a tax credit in Kansas for that tax.

2017 Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,0002.9%
$15,000 - $30,0004.90%
$30,000+5.20%
Married, Filing Jointly
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $30,0002.9%
$30,000 - $60,0004.90%
$60,000+5.20%
Married, Filing Separately
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,0002.9%
$15,000 - $30,0004.90%
$30,000+5.20%
Head of Household
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,0002.9%
$15,000 - $30,0004.90%
$30,000+5.20%

2018 Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,0003.1%
$15,000 - $30,0005.25%
$30,000+5.70%
Married, Filing Jointly
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $30,0003.1%
$30,000 - $60,0005.25%
$60,000+5.70%
Married, Filing Separately
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,0003.1%
$15,000 - $30,0005.25%
$30,000+5.70%
Head of Household
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,0003.1%
$15,000 - $30,0005.25%
$30,000+5.70%

How You Can Affect Your Kansas Paycheck

There are many ways to increase your Kansas paycheck, starting with asking for a raise or working additional hours, if you are eligible for overtime.

You can also shelter more of your money from taxes by increasing how much you put in a 401(k) or 403(b). Since this money comes out of your paycheck before taxes, you are lowering your taxable income, which saves you money. If your employer matches your retirement contributions, you will want to make sure that, at the bare minimum, you are contributing enough to take full advantage of that match.

Other ways of reducing your taxable income, include putting money into pre-tax accounts like a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account. Just be aware that these accounts do not roll over from year to year, so if you don’t spend what you put in there, you will lose it.

If your paychecks seem small and you always get a big tax return, you may want to consider increasing your allowances on your W-4 form. While it might sound good to get a large return, remember that if you had access to that money throughout the year, you could have put it toward your retirement savings where it can grow tax-free or you may have wanted to use it. By overpaying the IRS all year, you’re essentially giving them an interest-free loan.

Not a Kansas taxpayer yet but considering a move to the Sunflower State? Check out our Kansas mortgage guide to get up to date on what it’s like getting a mortgage in Kansas.

Kansas Top Income Tax Rate

YearTop Income Tax Rate
20185.70%
20175.20%
20164.60%
20154.60%
20144.80%
20134.90%
20126.45%
20116.45%
20106.45%
20096.45%
20086.45%
20076.45%
20066.45%
20056.45%
20046.45%
20036.45%

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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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