How to Calculate Monthly Wages If You Are Paid Every Two Weeks

by Cynthia Measom ; Updated September 11, 2015
Paycheck stubs provide the information about gross and net wages.

When you receive pay every two weeks, you may think that it's the equivalent of being paid twice per month. While sometimes you do get paid twice per month when you receive bi-weekly pay, sometimes you get paid more than twice in a month, depending on how many weeks are in the month. Because there are 52 weeks in a year, receiving pay every two weeks will result in a different calculation of monthly wages than if you receive your pay twice per month.

Locate the gross pay amount -- the amount of money you make before any deductions -- from one of your most recent pay stubs. For instance, your gross monthly pay could be $2,500.00 per paycheck.

Multiply the gross pay amount by 26, since there are 26 two-week periods in 52 weeks. For example, $2,500 x 26 = $65,000.

Divide your answer in Step 2 by 12 to get your monthly wages. In the example, $65,000/12 = $5416.67. This is your monthly pay.

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Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

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