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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 Wisconsin Taxes

Wisconsin workers are subject to a progressive state income tax system with four tax brackets. The tax rates, which range from 4% to 7.65%, are dependent on income level and filing status.

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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Wisconsin Paycheck Calculator

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Wisconsin Paycheck Quick Facts
  • Wisconsin income tax rate: 4% - 7.65%
  • Median household income: $54,610 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Number of cities that have local income taxes: 0

How Your Wisconsin Paycheck Works

When you receive a paycheck in Wisconsin, you will notice that money has been subtracted from it for FICA, as well as federal and state income taxes.

How much you pay in federal income tax varies from person to person. Your Wisconsin employer will make sure that the income withheld from your paycheck is consistent with the information on the W-4 form you submitted. This information addresses your marital status, the number of allowances you're claiming and any additional dollar amounts you want withheld.

Keep in mind that President Trump's new tax plan has caused a slight change in withholding calculations. The IRS released new withholding guidelines in January, to reflect the new tax plan, and taxpayers should have seen changes to their paychecks starting in February 2018. For the time being, you do not need to fill out a new W-4. Your employer will use the withholding information on your current form.

The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) requires that Social Security and Medicare taxes are withheld. These taxes are deducted from your paycheck in fixed percentages. The federal government receives 12.4% of an employee’s income each pay period for Social Security: 6.2% comes from the employee’s paycheck itself and the employer matches the other 6.2%. Medicare tax follows a similar process. Employees pay 1.45% from their paychecks for Medicare and employers are responsible for the remaining 1.45%. If you earn wages in excess of $200,000, you will have to pay an additional 0.9% Medicare surtax, which employers do not match.

If you are self-employed, you must pay the full percentages of FICA taxes.

Taxes are not the only factors that affect your paycheck. If you make contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you’ll face a further reduced paycheck. Similarly, if you get health or life insurance for you or your family through an employer-sponsored plan, any premiums you pay will be deducted from your wages.

Wisconsin Median Household Income

YearMedian Household Income
2016$54,610
2015$53,357
2014$52,622
2013$51,467
2012$51,059
2011$50,395
2010$49,001
2009$49,993
2008$52,094

Previously, Wisconsin had some of the highest state income and property taxes nationwide. Beginning in 2013 and 2014, the state made significant tax cuts that have reduced and will continue to reduce rates. These cuts have had the most significant effect on the lowest of the four income brackets, reducing it by 0.4%. The top state income tax bracket experienced a 0.1% reduction, as well.

As a single earner or head of the household in Wisconsin, you'll be taxed at a rate of 4% if you make up to $11,119 in taxable income per year. Singles and heads of household making $244,750 and over in taxable income are subject to the highest tax rate of 7.65%. The tax rates are the same across all filing brackets, but the income levels change based on marital status.

If you have recently relocated to Milwaukee or Madison, you’ll likely be happy to know that there are no additional local income taxes anywhere in the Badger state.

If you’re thinking about relocating anywhere in the state, or if you’re looking to refinance a property, you might want to check out our Wisconsin mortgage guide to make sure you’re familiar with rates and details of getting a mortgage there.

Income Tax Brackets

Single Filers
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $11,2304.00%
$11,230 - $22,4705.84%
$22,470 - $247,3506.27%
$247,350+7.65%
Married, Filing Jointly
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $14,9804.00%
$14,980 - $29,9605.84%
$29,960 - $329,8106.27%
$329,810+7.65%
Married, Filing Separately
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $7,4904.00%
$7,490 - $14,9805.84%
$14,980 - $164,9006.27%
$164,900+7.65%
Head of Household
Wisconsin Taxable IncomeRate
$0 - $11,2304.00%
$11,230 - $22,4705.84%
$22,470 - $247,3506.27%
$247,350+7.65%

How You Can Affect Your Wisconsin Paycheck

The decisions you make when completing your W-4 form play a role in determining the size of your paycheck. The more allowances you claim, the less taxes will be withheld from your paycheck and the more money goes into your pocket throughout the year. The reverse is also true; choosing fewer allowances means more income withheld.

Claiming more allowances means you will have access to more of your income during the year, but be careful with this option as you risk underpaying your taxes all year and owing money to the IRS in April. Claiming fewer allowances keeps you on the safer side with regard to owing taxes, but also means that more of your money will remain tied up in withholding and unavailable to you during the year.

If the possibility of owing money to the IRS in April is a risk you prefer not to take, it might be better for you to be more cautious in claiming allowances. You may also want to opt for an additional dollar withholding from each of your paychecks if you have been subject to a large tax bill in recent years.

Another option for Wisconsin taxpayers is to funnel more of your paycheck into tax-advantage accounts like a 401(k) or 403(b) retirement account or a Health Savings Account (HSA). The money that you contribute to these accounts is deducted from your paycheck prior to taxes being withheld so by increasing your contribution, you can lower your taxable income and possibly save some money in taxes. Keep in mind, however, that the funds you put into your HSA have an expiration date and if you don’t use them in time, you’ll lose them.

Wisconsin Top Income Tax Rate

YearTop Income Tax Rate
20177.65%
20167.65%
20157.65%
20147.65%
20137.75%
20127.75%
20117.75%
20107.75%
20097.75%
20086.75%
20076.75%
20066.75%
20056.75%
20046.75%
20036.75%

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