Number of Hours per Pay Period

May 25, 2007

At work today, I had a few clients asking me how do you determine the number of hours for each pay period?  To  begin this analysis, let’s determine, how many hours are in a year?  An employee normally works 8 hours a day x 5 days a week is 40 hours a week x 52 weeks in a year is 2080 working hours per year.

Here is a breakdown of the number of hours per pay period:

Weekly (Paid 52 times a year) is 2080 hrs / 52 times  = 40 hours per pay period

Bi-Weekly (Paid 26 times a year) is 2080 hrs / 26 times = 80 hours per pay period

Semi-Monthly (Paid 24 times a year) is 2080 hrs/ 24 times = 86.67 hours per pay period

Monthly (Paid 12 times a year) is 2080 hrs / 12 times =  173.33 hours per pay period

In the future when an employee asks you how the number of hours are determined especially for salary employees, you may use this calculation as an explanation. 


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  4. Crystal Says:

    If a person is working 75% time or 30 hours a week, then what would the hours per pay period be if they are paid 24 times a year (semi-monthly)?

    • payrollpro Says:


      Here is the formula to determine the number of hours for a semi-monthly schedule:

      30 hrs/wk x 52 weeks per year = 1560 hrs / 24 pay periods = 65 hrs per period

      I hope that helps. Thanks.

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