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Rhode Island Paycheck Calculator

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Daniel Eisner is a payroll specialist with over a decade of practical experience in senior accounting positions.

Rhode Island Paycheck Calculator

Rhode Island Paycheck Calculator

Use Rhode Island Paycheck Calculator to estimate net or “take home” pay for salaried employees. Simply input salary details, benefits and deductions, and any other necessary information as prompted below, and let our tool handle the rest.


Where are you employed?


How much do you get paid annual?

Salary frequency

How often are you paid?

Marital status

What is your federal filing status?


Children under 17 and students under 24

All other dependents

Employee Location

Where do you live?

Benefits and Deductions


The addition of employee benefits such as 401(k)s and health insurance can affect how your paycheck is calculated. Please add any deductions for benefits offered by your company.

Choose a calculation method:

Fringe Benefits


Fringe benefits are additional non-cash benefits offered by employers and are often taxable, which can affect an employee’s paycheck and final take-home pay. Please skip this section if you don’t use any of these benefits.

Choose a calculation method:

Gross Pay


Income taxes



Federal Income Tax



Alabama State Tax



Local Tax



FICA taxes



Social Security




Additional Medicare



Pre tax



Post tax



What Are Payroll Taxes?

Payroll taxes withheld from employee paychecks fund Social Security and Medicare, to which the employer also makes payroll tax contributions.

The Social Security tax is paid by the employee and the employer at a rate of 6.2% of the employee’s wages. The Medicare tax is also paid by both employee and employer, but at a rate of 1.45%.

Employers are also required to pay taxes under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) and the State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA). The employer must also collect federal income tax from employee paychecks, and pay that amount to the IRS. The rate is determined by the employee’s tax bracket.

Each state also has specific state payroll taxes that must be withheld and paid.

Rhode Island Payroll Taxes

There are four Rhode Island employer payroll taxes to keep track of in addition to Social Security and Medicare. 

Employers contribute to:

  • State Unemployment Tax Account (SUTA)
  • Job Development Fund Tax

Employees pay into:

  • State Income Tax
  • Temporary Disability Fund Tax


Under SUTA, companies must allocate a portion of their payroll taxes toward the state’s unemployment program, which pays out benefits to the unemployed until they find a new job or the predetermined benefit runs out.

In Rhode Island, the current taxable wage base is $24,600. Your contribution tax rate for the coming year will be calculated and mailed to you every year at the end of December. If you’re a new employer in the state, you’ll be assigned a SUTA tax rate of 0.95%.

You can find more information on the Department of Labor and Training website

Job Development Fund Tax

 The Job Development Fund Tax supports the Governor’s Workforce Board and employment services.

The taxable wage base is $24,600 per employee or $26,100 for those employers that have an experience rate of 9.59 or higher. The tax rate is 0.21%.

Temporary Disability Fund Tax

Employees contribute to the Temporary Disability Fund. The taxable wage base is $81,500 per employee. The tax rate is 1.1%.

State Income Tax

Rhode Island determines income tax rates via three different income brackets:

  • $0 to $68,200 3.75%
  • $68,201 to $155,050 4.75%
  • $155,051 and above 5.99%

Find more information on the Division of Taxation website

Paying Payroll Taxes

Just as you need an EIN to pay federal payroll taxes, in Rhode Island, you’ll need to register to pay state withholdings and SUTA taxes with the Division of Taxation.

Employers are required to remit state income taxes as follows:

  • Weekly: If an employer withholds $600 or more in taxes each month, the employer must report and remit these taxes every week. Payment is due the next banking day following the end of the week. Returns are not required if there was no tax withheld in that week.
  • Monthly: If an employer withholds at least $50 but less than $600 each month, the employer must report and remit these taxes every month.
  • Quarterly: If an employer withholds less than $50 any calendar month, the employer must remit these taxes each quarter.

For information on how to pay SUTA, job development fund tax, and temporary disability insurance tax visit the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training website.

Your municipality may also require certain tax registrations, so be sure to check with your local government for requirements.

Using a Payroll Tax Service

In Rhode Island, payroll and payroll taxes come with countless laws and restrictions, which is why many business owners turn to a payroll service provider to ensure their business remains fully compliant. It’s usually less expensive than creating a new staff position for managing payroll, and relatively easy.

You’ll just send over your digital timesheets and relevant information, and the service provider will take care of the calculations, payments, and taxes, freeing you up to focus on growing your business. 

We highly recommend hiring a payroll service — as a busy entrepreneur, you won’t regret it!