How many salary weeks in a year?

If you get paid weekly or biweekly, whether a regular salary or by the hour, you may be wondering how many salary weeks there are in a year. This all depends on how many weeks of vacation, or other non-working time you take off.

One year on Earth is divided into 52 weeks. (Really, the exact figure is 52.177457 weeks per year if you are measuring the entire time that the planet takes to revolve around the sun.) If you work every week, then you have 52 salary weeks in a year.

Most people don’t work every week, however, and take some unpaid time off for vacation, due to sickness, or to take care of family needs. It is very typical in the United States for employees to take off two weeks from their job every year, in which case they are paid for 50 salary weeks in a year.

Accordingly for workers who take off four weeks out of the year away from their jobs (as is common in many European countries), there are 48 salary weeks in a year.

If you are looking to estimate how much money you make per year based on your hourly pay rate and your working number of salary weeks, try our simple salary calculator.

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