Calculating salaried workers' compensation per pay period

Zenefits Payroll makes the following calculations for your salaried workers in our system.


 ValueDecimal PlacesCalculation Method 
Hours Per Year2080640 hours/week * 52 weeks = 2080, Industry Standard Value
Weekly Pay Periods (W)526Industry Standard Value
Bi-weekly Pay Periods (BW)266Industry Standard Value
Semi-Monthly Pay Periods (SM)246Industry Standard Value
Monthly Pay Periods (M)126Industry Standard Value
Weekly Pay Period Hours (W)406Hours per year/# of Weekly Pay periods
Bi-weekly Pay Period Hours (BW)806Hours per year/# of Bi-Weekly Pay periods
Semi-Monthly Pay Period Hours (SM)86.6666676Hours per year/# of Semi-Monthly Pay periods
Monthly Pay Period Hours (M)173.3333336Hours per year/# of Monthly Pay periods


Pay Period PaySalary/Pay PeriodsCalculate once
Salaried Workers Hourly Pay RateSalary /2080Calculate once
Gross Regular PayPay Period Pay - Sum of PTO PayPer Pay Period
Regular HoursPay Period Hours - PTO HoursPer Pay Period
PTO HoursFrom PTO or manually entered in edit pay stubPer Pay Period

Time Off

For salaried workers on semi monthly pay frequencies, calculating time off can cause questions. For example, if a worker takes 12 days of unpaid time off at the end of May, their pay might reflect as negative. Using the figures from the Constants and Calculations tables above:

86.666667 hours in a Semi Monthly Pay Period
12 days off * 8 hours per day = 96 total hours off in one pay period
The worker would see  -10 hours worked for that pay period.

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