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Earnings Categories in Zenefits Payroll

Each Zenefits Payroll account is pre-populated with the following types of default earnings. Since the default types are automatically applied by Zenefits Payroll, you can't edit them. However, you can create new pay types using the same categories.

  • 3rd Party Sick Pay (First 6 Months, After 6 Months, and Non Taxable)
  • Additional Earnings
  • Adoption Reimbursement
  • Bonus
  • Commission
  • Contractor Overtime Hours
  • Contractor Double Overtime Hours
  • Double Overtime Hours
  • Group Term Life Imputed Income
  • Holiday
  • Non-taxable allowances
  • Overtime Hours


  • Owner's Draw
  • Personal Leave
  • Regular earnings
  • Reimbursement
  • Reported Tips
  • S Corp Health and Disability
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation

The S Corp Health and Disability type is used to manage the cost of S Corp owners' benefits in payroll.

When do I need to add additional earnings in Zenefits Payroll?

Use the Additional Earnings type when you need to pay supplementary taxable income that isn't part of normal wages, commissions, tips, bonuses, PTO, or reimbursements. For examp... Learn more

When should I use the regular earnings in Zenefits Payroll?

Use the Regular Earnings type to pay your workers by their regular salary or hourly rate in Zenefits. More Details about Regular Earnings Regular Earnings are added to a payst... Learn more

Can I add reimbursements in Zenefits Payroll?

Yes! Use the Reimbursement earnings type to reimburse workers for business-related expenses, such as travel costs. The default Reimbursement type in Zenefits is non-taxable. Wi... Learn more

When should I use bonuses in Zenefits Payroll?

Use the default Bonus earnings type to add bonuses as a fixed dollar amount in a payroll run. Withholding for Bonuses Bonuses are considered supplemental earnings, and taxes m... Learn more

When should I use non-taxable allowances in Zenefits Payroll?

Use the default Non-taxable allowances earnings type in Zenefits Payroll to provide employees a non-taxable amount as allowance for cell phones or transportation used for busi... Learn more

When should I use overtime hours in Zenefits Payroll?

Use the default Overtime Hours and Double Overtime Hours types for paying overtime rates, as needed. Zenefits Payroll automatically applies overtime for hourly employees who use... Learn more

When should I use paid leave earnings in Zenefits Payroll?

Zenefits Payroll uses four default categories of paid leave (Time Off, Vacation, Sick Leave, Personal Leave) and a Holiday category. Zenefits Payroll will automatically add hour... Learn more

How to Add Reported Tips as Earnings

Please note that this is currently only released to a fraction of our customers. If you'd like to utilize Reported Tips, please contact us and we'd be happy to assist in setting... Learn more

Overtime Premium Settings for Multiple Pay Rates

Calculating overtime and double overtime for workers who have multiple pay rates can be done in one of two ways.Regular rate of pay: the weighted average of hourly rates worked ... Learn more

What are Overtime Premium Earnings?

An Overtime Premium refers to the half-time, or .5, in time and one-half (1.5). The rest of the overtime earnings are applied as part of Regular Earnings. Check out our OT Premi... Learn more

How do I select an overtime premium calculation method for my workers with multiple pay rates?

You can set up your overtime policy in your Zenefits Payroll admin account:Go to the Settings section of the Payroll app.Click the Set up my overtime policy link under the Featu... Learn more

Why do some of my workers require a different overtime setting?

Workers who have multiple pay rates for multiple roles in Time & Attendance may need a specific overtime rule applied. In Zenefits, you can choose how to calculate overtime for ... Learn more

Why does my paycheck show an Overtime Premium?

If you get paid different rates for different positions at your company, and you work overtime, then you'll notice an update in your paystub:All hours you work under your variou... Learn more

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