Missouri Paycheck Calculator

Calculate your take-home pay after federal & Missouri taxes

Updated for 2024 tax year on Feb 14, 2024

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

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Paycheck calculator for Missouri

Overview of Missouri

Missouri has over 6 million (2020), and its major industries include aerospace, food processing, chemicals, printing/publishing, electrical equipment, and beer. The median household income is $53,578 (2017), lower than the national median of $61,372.

Brief summary:

  • the income tax rate ranges from 0% to 5.4%
  • a resident of St. Louis or Kansas City is subjected to local income tax of 1%
  • no state payroll tax
  • has a standard deduction and no exemption
Missouri United States

Understanding your Missouri paycheck

Understanding how your paycheck is calculated is crucial as an employee in Missouri. Your paycheck is the sum of your gross pay, deductions, and taxes. Deductions include amounts taken out of your paycheck for taxes, insurance premiums, and retirement contributions. All employees are subject to mandatory deductions for federal taxes, Social Security, and Medicare. Missouri employees are also subject to state income tax and unemployment insurance deductions from their paychecks.

Filling out a W-4 form is necessary to calculate the amount of federal income tax that should be withheld from your paycheck. The IRS revised the W-4 form, eliminating allowances. Instead, you provide information on your filing status, dependents, and other sources of income. Based on this information, your employer calculates the appropriate amount of federal income tax to withhold.

Social Security tax is a fixed percentage of your gross pay, with a maximum taxable earnings limit of $147,000. With no limit, medicare tax is also a fixed percentage of your gross pay. Your Missouri state income tax is determined by your income and filing status, and it is subject to a progressive tax rate that ranges from 0% to 5.4%.

In addition to state income tax, employees who work in Kansas City or St. Louis must pay a local income tax. The earnings tax rate in Kansas City is 1% for residents and 1.5% for non-residents. In St. Louis, residents and non-residents are both subject to a 1% earnings tax rate.

After all the deductions and taxes have been taken from your paycheck, the remaining amount is your net pay. Your net pay will be less than your gross pay due to the mandatory deductions taken out of your salary.

Besides mandatory federal and state tax deductions, Missouri employees can also have pre-tax and post-tax deductions taken from their paychecks. These deductions, such as 401(k) contributions, life insurance, or child support, will further decrease the paycheck amount.

Knowing how your pay is calculated and what deductions are being taken out empowers you to make informed decisions about your budget and savings goals. If you have any questions about your paycheck or employer’s payroll policies, don’t hesitate to ask your human resources department or payroll administrator.

Calculate your Missouri paycheck

Follow the steps on our Federal paycheck calculator to work out your income tax in Missouri:

  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 Missouri state income tax
    1. State taxable income
      Gross income adjusted − State standard/itemized deductions = State taxable income
    2. State income tax liability
      State taxable income × State income tax rate = State income tax liability
  4. Derive your local income tax liability
    (Gross income adjusted or State taxable income) × Local income tax rate = Local income tax liability
  5. 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
  6. 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 is no state payroll tax in Missouri.

State income tax brackets

The income tax in Missouri is based solely on your total taxable income (combined taxable income for married filers) regardless of your filing status.

Refer to Tax Foundation for more details.

Tax year Filing status Taxable income Rate
2023 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$0 - $1,207 0%
$1,207 - $2,414 2.00%
$2,414 - $3,621 2.50%
$3,621 - $4,828 3.00%
$4,828 - $6,035 3.50%
$6,035 - $7,242 4.00%
$7,242 - $8,449 4.50%
$8,449+ 4.95%
2022 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$0 – $111 0%
$111 - $1,121 1.5%
$1,121 - $2,242 2%
$2,242 - $3,363 2.5%
$3,363 - $4,484 3%
$4,484 - $5,605 3.5%
$5,605 - $6,726 4%
$6,726 - $7,847 4.5%
$7,847 - $8,968 5%
$8,968+ 5.4%
2021 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$0 – $108 0%
$108 – $1,088 1.5%
$1,088 – $2,176 2%
$2,176 – $3,264 2.5%
$3,264 – $4,352 3%
$4,352 – $5,440 3.5%
$5,440 – $6,528 4%
$6,528 – $7,616 4.5%
$7,616 – $8,704 5%
$8,704+ 5.4%
2020 Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
$0 – $107 0%
$107 – $1,073 1.5%
$1,073 – $2,146 2%
$2,146 – $3,219 2.5%
$3,219 – $4,292 3%
$4,292 – $5,365 3.5%
$5,365 – $6,438 4%
$6,438 – $7,511 4.5%
$7,511 – $8,584 5%
$8,584+ 5.4%

Local income tax

Additional local income tax applies if you reside in any of the cities listed below.

Tax year Filing status City Taxable income Rate
2023
2022
2021
2020
Single
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er)
Married, Filing Separately
Head of Household
St. Louis Any 1%
Kansas City Any 1%

State standard deduction

Missouri standard deduction is the same as federal standard deduction. For more information, refer to Tax Foundation.

Tax year Filing status Standard deduction amount
2023 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$13,850
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $27,700
Head of Household $20,800
2022 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$12,950
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $25,900
Head of Household $19,400
2021 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$12,550
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $25,100
Head of Household $18,800
2020 Single
Married, Filing Separately
$12,200
Married, Filing Jointly or Widow(er) $24,400
Head of Household $18,350

State exemptions

You can no longer claim exemption(s) in Missouri.

FAQs

What taxes do Missourians pay?

Missourians must pay the state income tax based on taxable income only, regardless of filing status. Furthermore, suppose you are a resident of St. Louis or Kansas City. In that case, you must pay an additional local income tax of 1%. There are no state payroll taxes.

How much do you make after taxes in Missouri?

A single filer with an annual income of $54,000 will take home $43,467.80 after federal and state taxes. If the same single filer lives in St. Louis or Kansas City, he will pay 1% local income tax and take home $43,066.30 instead.
Married filers with a combined income of $108,000 will make $86,751.38 after taxes but only $85,948.38 if they reside in St. Louis or Kansas City.

How much taxes are deducted from a $54,000 paycheck in Missouri?

The total taxes deducted for a single filer are $877.68 monthly or $405.08 bi-weekly. If the same single filer lives in St. Louis or Kansas City, his total monthly taxes will be $911.14 or $420.52 bi-weekly.