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Biweekly Pay

How Does Biweekly Pay Work?

Biweekly pay means you're paid every two weeks instead of once a month. In this structure, you are paid more often but for smaller amounts. With biweekly pay, you will get two paychecks each month. This is usually the same amount as if you were paid once a month but split in half. For example, if your monthly salary is $2,000, you will get $1,000 every two weeks.

Getting paid every two weeks instead of once a month has some advantages. You will receive more paychecks in the year, which can help you budget better and plan. It also means you get your money faster and have more time to plan what to do with it.

Biweekly vs. Semi-Monthly Pay

Biweekly pay means you get paid every two weeks. Semi-monthly payment means you get paid twice a month. Companies that pay biweekly have 26 pay periods, and those that pay semi-monthly have 24. The amounts may be the same, but they are usually paid on different days.

How to Calculate Biweekly Pay

To figure out your biweekly pay, take your yearly salary and divide it by 26. That will give you the amount of money you make in two weeks. If you make $80,000 each year, you can calculate your biweekly salary like this: $80,000 / 26 = $3,077.92

If you work as an hourly employee, you can determine your biweekly pay by multiplying the hours worked in two weeks by their hourly rate. That is the amount of money they will be paid every two weeks.

For example, if you make $17 an hour for two consecutive 35-hour weeks, your biweekly pay calculation would be $17 x 35 x 2 = $1,190.

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