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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 three tax brackets in the Sunflower State, with your state income tax rate depending on your income level. Income tax rates in Kansas are 3.1%, 5.25% and 5.7%. There are no local income taxes on wages in the state, though if you have income from other sources, like interest or dividends, you might be taxed locally.

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Kansas Paycheck Quick Facts
  • Kansas income tax: 2.9% - 5.2%
  • Median household income: $55,477 (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 your employer withholds taxes from each of your paychecks.

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 in excess of $200,000, those wages are 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 to withhold in taxes from each of your paychecks from the information you put in your W-4 form. For example, how many qualifying dependents you have and your filing status (single, head of household, etc.) affect your income tax bracket and your withholding allowances. The more allowances you claim, the less is taken out for taxes and the bigger your paycheck is. 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.

Withholding calculations changed for the 2018 tax year because of the tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law in December 2017. If you have haven’t already, the start of the new year is a good time to check that all the information in your W-4 is still accurate If you have more than one job, you need to fill out a W-4 for each employer. However, you can’t claim the same allowances at both jobs. Your options are to divide up your allowances between your jobs or to take all your allowances at one job and none at your other jobs.

If you make contributions to a retirement plan like a 401(k) or a health savings account (HSA), that money will also 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

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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 3.1% on the first $15,000 of taxable income, at 5.25% on the next $15,000 and at 5.7% on all income above $30,000. For married couples filing jointly, the tax rates are the same but the income brackets are doubled.

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.

2018 Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,0003.10%
$15,000 - $30,0005.25%
Married, Filing Jointly
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $30,0003.10%
$30,000 - $60,0005.25%
Married, Filing Separately
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,0003.10%
$15,000 - $30,0005.25%
Head of Household
Kansas Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $15,0003.10%
$15,000 - $30,0005.25%

How You Can Affect Your Kansas Paycheck

There are many ways to increase the amount in your 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 and saving yourself 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.

Another way of reducing your taxable income is to put money into pre-tax accounts, like a health savings account or flexible spending account. Just be aware that the money you put in one of these accounts may not roll over. Money does roll over in an HSA but only $500 in an FSA will roll over. So anything you do not use over that amount, you will lose.

If 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 something else, like a down payment or your retirement savings. 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 important info on what it’s like to get a mortgage in Kansas.

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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