Kentucky

Employer Costs, Take-Home Pay, and Tax Wedge for an    
Average Manufacturing Wage Worker in KENTUCKY    
     
     
  Annual  
  Amount Rank
     
     
Total Cost to Employer* $31,031 16
     
Take-Home Pay $21,739 47
Take-Home Pay, % of Employer Costs 70.1% 42
     
Tax Wedge* $9,292 4
Tax Wedge, % of Employer Costs 29.9% 3
     
Gross Earnings $27,200  
     
Taxes Withheld from Worker's Paycheck    
Social Security/Medicare Payroll Tax $2,081  
Federal Income Tax $2,048  
State Income Tax $1,333 5
  -----------  
Total Taxes Withheld $5,461  
     
Hidden Taxes Paid by Employer on Worker's Behalf    
Social Security/Medicare Payroll Tax $2,081  
Workers' Compensation Contribution $1,534 15
State Unemployment Insurance Tax $160 29
Federal Unemployment Insurance Tax $56  
  -----------  
Total Employer-Paid Taxes $3,831  
     
Employer-Paid (hidden) Share of the Tax Wedge 41.2% 33
     
     
Source: Dean Stansel, "The Hidden Burden of Taxation: How the Government Reduces    
Take-Home Pay," Cato Institute Policy Analysis No. 302, April 15, 1998.    

*Total cost to employer does not include the cost of fringe benefits
(such as employer contributions to private health insurance plans and
pensions) and tax and regulatory compliance. The tax wedge does not
include the host of other taxes--property taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes,
cigarette taxes, etc.--that workers must pay with their remaining
take-home pay.

   


Last Updated on 4/9/98
By Mark LaRochelle