How to Figure Out Someone's Annual Salary

Companies pay employees a salary or hourly pay. Salary pay is a fixed amount each year paid out in monthly, weekly or biweekly paychecks, while hourly pay varies depending on the number of hours the employee works. Calculating the annual amount an employee earns is possible with both types of compensation, although the equation varies slightly. If you're paid hourly and you do not work a consistent schedule, you cannot calculate your annual salary.


Determine the number of standard hours you work in one week. Standard hours refer to hours of work up to 40 hours.

Multiply your standard hours for one workweek by your standard hourly rate. If you work a set number of overtime hours each week, total your hourly overtime hours for one week and multiply that number by your hourly overtime rate. Add both products together. If you do not work a set number of overtime hours each week, do not add your overtime hours.

Multiply by 52 to find your yearly salary.


Determine your pay cycle. If you receive one paycheck per month, you're paid monthly. Two paychecks per month means you're paid biweekly, while four paychecks per month refers to weekly pay.

Calculate how much money you earn per day. If you're paid weekly, divide your paycheck amount by seven. If you're paid biweekly, divide your paycheck amount by 14. If you're paid monthly, divide your last month's pay by the number of days in that month.

Multiply by 365 to find your yearly salary. If you're calculating for a leap year, multiply by 366 instead of 365.