Maine Paycheck Calculator

Calculate your take-home pay after federal & Maine taxes

Updated for 2024 tax year on Apr 1, 2024

What was updated? 2024 federal income tax, state income tax, FICA & standard deduction

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Overview of Maine

Maine is in the northeasternmost of America. It is one of the least populated, with a population of under 1.5 million (2019). Lobsters are a famous local delicacy known for cold waters and great fishery. The median household income is $56,277 (2017).

Brief summary:

  • the income tax rate ranges from 5.8% to 7.15%
  • no local income tax
  • no state payroll insurance taxes
  • has standard deduction and exemption
Maine United States

Understanding your Maine paycheck

Maine levies an income tax, and employers in the state must follow specific rules when calculating and withholding taxes from employees. Understanding how your Maine paycheck works are essential to budgeting and financial planning, whether you’re a lifelong Mainer or have just relocated to Pine Tree State.

Completing a W-4 form on your first day of work is necessary. This form lets your employer know how much money to withhold from each paycheck for federal income taxes. The withholding amount depends on several factors (income, filing status, etc.). In the past, the W-4 asked for the number of allowances you claimed, but the form has been updated to ask for more detailed information about your income and deductions.

Once your federal income tax withholding has been determined, your employer will also withhold money from your paycheck for FICA taxes. These taxes support Social Security (6.2%) and Medicare (1.45%). Your employer will match these amounts. There is an additional 0.9% Medicare surtax for those earning $200,000 or more.

Your paycheck may have additional deductions apart from federal and FICA taxes. A portion will be deducted from your salary if you contribute towards a retirement plan or insurance. These contributions are pre-tax, meaning they lower your taxable income and the federal income tax you owe.

It’s important to note that not all deductions from your paycheck are made pre-tax. Some employee benefits, like life insurance, may be paid for post-tax. This means the portion of your paycheck toward these benefits will be taxed.

Your Maine paycheck will also reflect deductions for state income taxes. Maine’s progressive income tax system means that higher-income people pay more tax. Similarly, the state income tax is withheld from your paycheck. At the end of the tax year, file a state income tax return to reconcile your tax liability. There is no need to worry about local income tax since no cities or towns in Maine have one.

Calculate your Maine paycheck

Calculating your Maine tax year income tax is similar to the steps we outlined on our Federal paycheck calculator:

  1. Determine your gross income
    • Annual salary
      Annual salary = Gross income
    • Hourly wage
      Hourly wage × Hours worked per day × Days worked per week × Weeks worked per year = Your weekly paycheck
  2. Work out your total federal income tax
    1. Gross income adjusted
      Gross income − Pre-tax deductions = Gross income adjusted
    2. Federal taxable income
      Gross income adjusted − Federal standard/itemized deductions = Federal taxable income
    3. Federal income tax liability
      Federal taxable income × Federal income tax rate = Federal income tax liability
    4. Federal payroll tax liability
      Gross income adjusted × Federal payroll tax rate = Federal payroll tax liability
  3. Calculate your total Maine state income tax
    1. State taxable income
      Gross income adjusted − (State standard/itemized deductions + State exemptions) = State taxable income
    2. State income tax liability
      State taxable income × State income tax rate = State income tax liability
  4. Figure out your net pay
    Gross income − (Total income tax liability + Total payroll tax liability + Total pre-tax deductions + Total post-tax deductions + Total withholdings) = Your net pay
  5. Divide your net pay by your pay frequency
    • Daily
      Your net pay / Days worked per week / Weeks worked per year = Your daily paycheck
    • Weekly
      Your net pay / 52 = Your weekly paycheck
    • Bi-weekly
      Your net pay / 26 = Your bi-weekly paycheck
    • Semi-monthly
      Your net pay / 24 = Your semi-monthly paycheck
    • Monthly
      Your net pay / 12 = Your monthly paycheck
    • Quarterly
      Your net pay / 4 = Your quarterly paycheck
    • Semi-annual
      Your net pay / 2 = Your semi-annual paycheck
    • Annual
      Your net pay = Your annual paycheck

State payroll tax

There are no state payroll taxes in Maine.

State income tax brackets

Single and Married filing separately filers have the same tax rates. Refer to Tax Foundation for more details.

Tax year Filing status Taxable income Rate
2023 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$0 - $24,500 5.8%
$24,500 - $58,050 6.75%
$58,050+ 7.15%
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $0 - $49,050 5.8%
$49,050 - $116,100 6.75%
$116,100+ 7.15%
Head of Household $0 - $36,750 5.8%
$36,750 - $87,100 6.75%
$81,700+ 7.15%
2022 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$0 – $23,000 5.8%
$23,000 – $54,450 6.75%
$54,450+ 7.15%
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $0 – $46,000 5.8%
$46,000 – $108,900 6.75%
$108,900+ 7.15%
Head of Household $0 – $34,500 5.8%
$34,500 – $81,700 6.75%
$81,700+ 7.15%
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$0 – $22,450 5.8%
$22,450 – $53,150 6.75%
$53,150+ 7.15%
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $0 – $44,950 5.8%
$44,950 – $106,350 6.75%
$106,350+ 7.15%
Head of Household $0 – $33,650 5.8%
$33,650 – $79,750 6.75%
$79,750+ 7.15%
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$0 – $22,200 5.8%
$22,200 - $52,600 6.75%
$52,600+ 7.15%
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $0 – $44,450 5.8%
$44,450 - $105,200 6.75%
$105,200+ 7.15%
Head of Household $0 – $33,300 5.8%
$33,300 - $78,900 6.75%
$78,900+ 7.15%

State standard deduction

Maine standard deduction is tied to the federal standard deduction.

Tax year Filing status Standard deduction amount Phased out for income over
2023 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$13,850 $91,500
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $27,700 $183,050
Head of Household $20,800 $137,250
2022 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$12,950 $85,850
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $25,900 $171,700
Head of Household $19,400 $128,750
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$12,550 $83,850
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $25,100 $167,700
Head of Household $18,800 $125,750
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$12,400 $82,900
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $24,800 $165,800
Head of Household $18,650 $124,350

State exemptions

Different from federal income tax, you can still claim exemption(s) in Maine. Refer to Tax Foundation for more details.

Tax year Filing status Personal exemption amount Comment
2023 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$4,700
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $9,400
Dependent(s) $300 In tax credit
2022 Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$4,450
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $8,900
Dependent(s) $300 In tax credit
2021
2020
Single
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$4,300
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $8,600
Dependent(s) $300 In tax credit

FAQs

What taxes do Mainers pay?

Mainers only need to pay state income tax, ranging from 5.8% to 7.15%. There are no state payroll taxes. Residents can also claim standard deductions and exemptions.

How much do you make after taxes in Maine?

A single filer in Maine who earns $57,000 per annual will take home $45,318.87 after taxes.
Married filers (no dependent) with a combined annual income of $114,000 will get $90,638.12 after taxes.

How much taxes are deducted from a $57,000 paycheck in Maine?

The total taxes deducted for a single filer are $973.43 monthly or $449.27 bi-weekly.