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Yearly salary for $20 per hour

If you earn an hourly wage of $20, your yearly salary would equate to $41,600. This is calculated by multiplying your hourly pay by 40 hours per week for 52 weeks per year.

Yearly salary (50 weeks)

If you earn $20 per hour and work for 50 weeks per year, with 2 weeks unpaid leave, your salary would equate to $40,000 per year, based upon 40 hours of work per week.

To estimate your annual salary based upon your hourly rate, you need to base your calculation on the number of hours you personally work each week. The latest Labor Force Statistics data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that men work an average of 40.5 hours per week and women work an average of 36.6 hours per week, but these figures vary for age, marital status, race and ethnicity. 4

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$20 per hour to monthly, weekly, daily wage

Yearly salary $20 per hour is $41,600 per year
Monthly salary $20 per hour is $3,467 per month
Weekly wage $20 per hour is $800 per week
Daily wage $20 per hour is $160 per day
Note: Figures are for gross pay, before any taxes and deductions are taken out. Calculations are for 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

How to calculate your yearly salary

To calculate your annual income, we multiply your hourly rate of $20 by the number of hours, weeks and months you’re paid to work across the year.

In our calculation, we base our math on the standard working week of a US employee, which is 40 hours. People sometimes work for 50 weeks of the year, with the other two weeks taken as unpaid leave. Others may get paid for 52 weeks.

Salary = $20 * 40 * 52 = $41,600

If you work more than 40 hours per week, we look at figures including overtime further down the article. You can also use our hourly to salary calculator to work out an annual salary based upon different figures for hours per week and weeks per year.

Other ways to think of $20 per hour across the year

  1. 41,600 slices of dollar pizza ($1 each)
  2. 8404 skinny peppermint lattes at Starbucks ($4.95 for venti size)
  3. 3200 cinema tickets ($13 each)
  4. 1664 visits to the Whitney Art Museum (at $25 per head)
  5. 83 Botox treatments (at $500 each)
  6. 31.4 nights at Skylofts at MGM Grand, The Strip, Las Vegas ($1325 per night)
  7. 20 labradoodle puppies ($2000 each)
  8. 0.3cm³ of Leonardo da Vinci's ‘Salvator Mundi' (the painting measures 45.4cm x 65.6cm, and was sold for $450.3 million in 2017, so each of its 2978cm³ is worth $151,208)

What does the average US worker earn per hour?

The average hourly pay of an American worker is $27.45, as of June 2022 1. It's worth remembering that average hourly pay will vary for different industries. For example, the average hourly pay in the hospitality industry is around $16, compared to over $40 in the utilities industry.

How your yearly pay compares with others

You earn 0% of the $65,836 average US salary. 2 Remember, though: it only takes a handful of billionaires to push the national average way higher than the norm. That's why it makes more sense to look at the median salary figure instead, for comparison.

The median - or middle - salary of a US worker in 2022 is $53,924, which is $1,037 per week. You earn 0% of the median national salary. 3

Adding time and a half pay

If you get paid a 1.5 rate for working more than 40 hours, your time and a half rate is $30.00 per hour.

Here’s what your income would look like with an extra 5, 10, 15 or 20 hours at a 1.5 hourly rate...

Hours/week Extra $/week Extra $/year Total
45 hour week$150$7,500$49,100
50 hour week$300$15,000$56,600
55 hour week$450$22,500$64,100
60 hour week$600$30,000$71,600

A word of advice

Our calculator and guide is a fun, easy way to work out your ‘on-paper’ salary, based on your hourly wage. But, please don't base any major financial decisions on the figures alone. We can give you a good indication of your annual salary, but you’ll also need to think about sick days, family leave, overtime, taxes and all the other fun things that affect work and pay.

Your income tax will depend upon your circumstances and the state in which you live - every state taxes its employees differently. So, you should keep that in mind. You can see the current income tax rates and brackets for different states on this page from Tax Foundation.

If you're intending to start saving towards a goal and want to know how long it might take, we have a savings goal guide and calculator to assist you.

For serious advice on your finances, we recommend speaking with a qualified, independent financial advisor.

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Article references

  1. Trading Economics. United States Average Hourly Wages.
  2. Career Addict. The 10 Countries with the Highest Average Salaries.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics (USA). Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers.
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics (USA). Household Data Annual Averages 2022.