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Employer Payroll Tax

1.2905%-5.40% (Maximum taxable wages is 10,000 USD)
Unemployment (State)
3.689% (Maximum taxable wages is 10,000 USD)
Unemployment- New Employer (State)
6.20% (Maximum taxable wages is 142,800 USD)
FICA Social Security (Federal)
1.45% (Maximum taxable wages is 142,800 USD) 
FICA Medicare (Federal)
6.00% (Maximum taxable wages is 7,000 USD)
FUTA Unemployment (Federal)
14.9405%-19.05% Total Employment Cost

Employee Payroll Taxes

0.06% (there is no cap on taxable wages)
Unemployment (State)
6.20% (Maximum taxable wages is 142,800 USD) 
FICA Social Security (Federal)
1.45%  (Maximum taxable wages is 142,800 USD)  0.9% Additional tax on over 200K USD 
FICA Medicare (Federal)
6.00%  (Maximum taxable wages is 7,000 USD)
FUTA Unemployment (Federal)

Employee Income Tax

Flat Tax Rate
*Federal income taxes not included. Please see our US - Federal page for federal income tax rates.

Minimum Wage


The hourly minimum wage is 7.25 USD.  


Payroll Cycle

Employees should be paid at the time specified in contract, the standard period within the trade, or every 15 days.

Working Hours


Regular working hours are 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week.


Overtime is work exceeding the weekly 40 hours. Compensation for overtime should 100%-150% the employer’s standard rate of pay. Some employees may be exempt from receiving overtime.


Paid Time Off

Pennsylvania labor law does not require an employer to grant paid vacation.

Public Holidays

There are 11 public holidays.

Sick Days

Pennsylvania labor law does not require an employer to grant paid sick leave. 

Maternity Leave

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year or certain family and medical reasons (maternity leave, serious illnesses or if the employee needs to care for a spouse or child). Employers are required to maintain the employees’ health benefits during their leave and keep their job open.  

Employees are eligible for leave if they have worked for their employer at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles. Whether an employee has worked the minimum 1,250 hours of service is determined according to the Fair Labor Standards Act principles for determining compensable hours or work.

Paternity Leave

Can fall under the Family Leave Act if they are covered under an eligible employer. 

Parental Leave

Can fall under the Family Leave Act.


Termination Process

Pennsylvaniais an At-Will State, meaning termination procedures are only required ifit is statedin the employee’s collective bargaining agreement. It does however does follow the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Notice Period

Notice period is not required. 

Severance Pay

Pennsylvania labor law does not require an employer to grant severance payment.

Probation Period

Pennsylvania is an “at-will” state and a probationary period is not required.



The state sales tax is 6%. with exceptions n Allegheny at 7%, and Philadelphia at 8%.

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