Employer Costs, Take-Home Pay, and Tax Wedge for an    
Average Manufacturing Wage Worker in KANSAS    
  Amount Rank
Total Cost to Employer* $30,780 28
Take-Home Pay $22,421 25
Take-Home Pay, % of Employer Costs 72.8% 20
Tax Wedge* $8,359 25
Tax Wedge, % of Employer Costs 27.2% 25
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 $651 27
Total Taxes Withheld $4,780  
Hidden Taxes Paid by Employer on Worker's Behalf    
Social Security/Medicare Payroll Tax $2,081  
Workers' Compensation Contribution $1,371 22
State Unemployment Insurance Tax $72 47
Federal Unemployment Insurance Tax $56  
Total Employer-Paid Taxes $3,580  
Employer-Paid (hidden) Share of the Tax Wedge 42.8% 26
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