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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 Louisiana Taxes

Louisiana has three state income tax brackets that range from 2% to 6%. Though sales tax in Louisiana is high, the state’s income tax rates are close to the national average. No Louisiana cities charge local income taxes on top of the state tax.

This calculator reflects the 2018 federal withholding tax changes.
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Louisiana Paycheck Quick Facts
  • Louisiana income tax rate: 2% - 6%
  • Median household income: $45,652 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0

How Your Louisiana Paycheck Works

Ever feel like taxes and other deductions from your paycheck are leaving you without much take-home pay? It may be because you live in a high-tax state or city. However, certain deductions and withholding rules will hit you no matter which state you call home.

Your employer withholds money for FICA taxes that pay in to the Social Security and Medicare systems on your behalf. Every pay period, your employer withholds 6.2% of your earnings for Social Security taxes and 1.45% of your earnings for Medicare taxes. Your employer then matches that contribution. If you make $200,000 or more, your earnings in excess of $200,000 will be subject to a 0.9% Medicare surtax, not matched by your employer.

Next up is federal income tax withholding. The only way you can get around this is if your income is very low. Exactly how much your employer withholds to cover your federal income tax liability will depend on several factors, such as your marital status. Another is the number of federal allowances you claim on your W-4 form, which is influenced by factors like the number of dependents you have.

When you start a new job or decide to change your allowances you give your employer a W-4 form. There’s a worksheet that goes with the form and walks you through the process of deciding how many allowances to claim. The more allowances you claim on your W-4, the less money your employer will withhold from your paycheck. Sounds great, right? The catch is that if you claim more allowances than you should you’ll get a big bill from the IRS.

Withholding calculations changed for the 2018 tax year because of the new tax plan that President Trump signed into law. The IRS released updated tax withholding guidelines in January 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 two jobs, you can't claim the same allowances with both employers. You can either split your allowances between the two jobs or claim all your allowances with one employer and none with the other.

Whether you have one job or five, if you're married, you and your spouse should work out a strategy together for claiming allowances for the household. If you claim too many you risk having serious tax liability come April, and if you don’t claim enough you’re giving the IRS an interest-free loan for the tax year.

FICA taxes and federal income taxes are constants, but they’re not the only monies that can be taken out of your paychecks. Do you contribute toward the cost of health insurance, life insurance or disability insurance premiums through company-sponsored plans? If so, those contributions will be taken out of your paycheck. Do you contribute to a 401(k), a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? Ditto.

Louisiana Median Household Income

YearMedian Household Income
2016$45,652
2015$45,047
2014$44,555
2013$44,164
2012$42,944
2011$41,734
2010$42,505
2009$42,492
2008$43,733

So what makes a Louisiana paycheck different from a paycheck in another state? Unlike seven U.S. states, Louisiana has a state income tax. And unlike some of the other income tax states, Louisiana’s top tax bracket starts at a relatively low income. In Louisiana, the top rate of 6% kicks in at income over $50,000 for single filers and income over $100,000 for married joint filers. Compare that to New Jersey, where the top rate kicks in for income over $500,000. And unlike some other U.S. states, Louisiana does not allow cities to impose their own income tax on top of the state income tax.

If you earn money in Louisiana your earnings will be subject to state income taxes, even if you live in another state. That goes for wage income but also other forms of income, like investments and rent from a property you own. If you don’t file a Louisiana tax return, you won’t get a refund from the state of Louisiana if you’re owed one.

Likewise, if you’re a Louisiana resident and you earn money in another state, that income is taxable by Louisiana. However, you can claim a tax credit on your Louisiana income tax return for the taxes paid to another state where you earned income. Special rules apply to members of the armed services who were stationed outside the state on active duty.

If you estimate that your Louisiana state tax liability (after credits and taxes withheld) will exceed $1,000 for single filers or $2,000 for joint filers, you must make what’s called a declaration of estimated income tax and make estimated tax payments. You can pay your estimated taxes in full with your declaration, or in equal quarterly installments, on or before April 15, June 15, September 15 and January 15. If you fail to pay or you underpay your estimated income tax, the penalty is 12% annually of the underpayment amount for the period of underpayment.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Louisiana Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $12,5002.00%
$12,500 - $50,0004.00%
$50,000+6.00%
Married, Filing Jointly
Louisiana Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $25,0002.00%
$25,000 - $100,0004.00%
$100,000+6.00%
Married, Filing Separately
Louisiana Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $12,5002.00%
$12,500 - $50,0004.00%
$50,000+6.00%
Head of Household
Louisiana Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $12,5002.00%
$12,500 - $50,0004.00%
$50,000+6.00%

How You Can Affect Your Louisiana Paycheck

If you want to shelter more of your earnings from taxes, you can always contribute to tax-advantaged accounts. You can put pre-tax dollars in a 401(k) and let that money grow tax-free until you start taking distributions in retirement. You can also put pre-tax dollars in a FSA or HSA account to use for medical expenses. Some workplaces offer other benefits you can pay for with pre-tax dollars, such as commuter cards that let you pay for parking or public transit.

If, on the other hand, your focus is on having more take-home pay in your paycheck, you can ask for a raise or seek supplemental wages. This includes overtime, but also bonus pay, award money and commissions. These supplemental wages (as well as vacation pay) are subject to Louisiana income taxes at the regular rate.

With average income tax rates and low property taxes, Louisiana may be on your list of potential places to call home. If you’re looking to become a resident, take a glance at our Louisiana mortgage guide to understanding mortgages in the Pelican State.

Louisiana Top Income Tax Rate

YearTop Income Tax Rate
20176.00%
20166.00%
20156.00%
20146.00%
20136.00%
20126.00%
20116.00%
20106.00%
20096.00%
20086.00%
20076.00%
20066.00%
20056.00%
20046.00%
20036.00%

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