Alaska does not collect state income tax. Given you file as a single taxpayer you will only pay federal taxes. Thus, $54,000 annually will net you $45,271 . This means you pay $8,728.88 in taxes on an annual salary of 54,000 dollars. Your average tax rate will be 16.16% and your marginal rate will be 19.65%
Income taxes depend on your filing status. This page calculates your taxes based on filing “single”. We are working on the tax calculations for filing “married jointly” or as “head of household”.
- Which Income Taxes do I Pay in Alaska?
- Tax Rate on Extra Income (Marginal Tax Rate)
- Your Average Tax Rate
- Alaska Tax Structure
- Budgeting with a $54,000 salary
- What is my Net Hourly Rate and Why do I Care?
- Is $54,000 a Good Salary in Alaska?
- Key Takeaways
- Improving Yourself Financially?
Which Income Taxes do I Pay in Alaska?
As a tax-payer, resident of the The Last Frontier, you have to pay
- Federal income tax
- FICA taxes
- Social security
No state income tax No county or city income tax
The calculations for federal income tax on $54,000, you can find here.
In summary, your employer withholds three types of taxes from your paycheck. On a $54,000 salary, you owe $4,598 in federal income tax. Additionally, the employer will withhold $3,348.00 for social security and $783.00 for medicare.
We calculate the taxes here as annual amounts. Your employer will withhold the part applicable to each paycheck (monthly, semi-monthly, or bi-weekly).
Alaska Income Tax
The state of Alaska does not collect taxes on personal income.
Furthermore, no county or city in Alaska collects taxes on personal income.
As a resident of Alaska, you have to pay $0 (zero) in state taxes per year. This is calculated independent of your filing status. The information is up to date as of the year 2023.
AK Taxation Summary
With an income of $54,000 a year, you pay $4,598 in federal income tax and $4,131.00 in federally mandated insurance (FICA tax).
There are no further state income taxes withheld from your paycheck.
Tax Rate on Extra Income (Marginal Tax Rate)
Who doesn’t strive for extra income, such as overtime pay or a performance bonus? Most income tax rates rise with the income. Thus, you want to know which rate you are going to pay on additional income.
The federal tax rates rises with increasing income. Your federal marginal rate is 19.65%. This includes the FICA taxes Social Security and Medicare tax.
Example for Marginal Tax Rate
For example, an annual bonus of 1,000 dollars will increase your tax bill in Alaska by $196.50. Your Federal marginal rate is 19.65%. You owe the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $196.50 on that bonus.
Of that 1,000 dollars bonus, you will see only $803.50 in your paycheck. The government taxes you on that last 1,000 dollars at a rate of 19.65%.
Your Average Tax Rate
While the marginal tax rates look scary, your average tax rates are less so.
On an income of $54,000, you pay an average tax rate of 16.16%.
We base the average tax rate on the gross income without standard deductions.
Alaska Tax Structure
Alaska does not tax personal income. The The Last Frontier does not tax business income either.
Other Taxes in Alaska
No Local Income Tax
Besides the state not collecting income tax, none of the counties and jurisdictions taxes personal income.
Sales Tax State-Wide and Local Components
Alaska does not levi a state sales tax. Local jurisdictions are permitted to collect up to 7.5% local sales tax.
On average the localities do add 1.76%.
You owe “use tax” when you buy goods and services outside of Alaska and bring them into the state. The rate is the is the same as the sales tax collected in the juresdiction.
Property taxes in Alaska can only be charged by incorporated municipalities. Usually only the larger municipalities do so for practical reasons. The tax is calculated annually from the assessed value of the property times the local tax rate. The average property tax rate in Alaska is 1.18%, which is higher than the US average (1.07%).
Budgeting with a $54,000 salary
Governments determine taxes on a yearly basis. However, you pay rent, utility bills, and car payments every month. Furthermore, your employer pays you monthly, semi-monthly, or bi-weekly. In the following sections, we estimate the monthly, bi-weekly, and weekly amounts of your paycheck.
Budgeting for a Monthly Paycheck
Budgeting with a $54K annual gross salary requires breaking it down to monthly amounts.
Your employer will pay you one-twelfth of your annual salary each month. Yet, your employer will withhold the necessary taxes. The employer sends the taxes directly to the IRS.
Monthly withholdings on a $54,000 salary:
|Monthly Gross Income||$4,500|
|Social Security||– $279.00|
|Federal Income Tax||– $383.16|
|Monthly Take-Home Pay||$3,597|
Given you file taxes as a single, your monthly salary of $4,500 will result in take-home pay of $3,597.
Bi-Weekly Take-Home Pay
If your employer pays you every fortnight, there will be 26 paychecks in a year.
Here is an estimate of bi-weekly withholdings from your paycheck
|Bi-weekly Gross Income||$2,076.92|
|Social Security||– $128.77|
|Federal Income Tax||– $176.84|
|Bi-weekly Take-Home Pay||$1,660.31|
With a tax filing status of “single”, you can expect a net paycheck of $1,660.31 every fortnight.
Budgeting with bi-weekly income and monthly expenses has its own challenges 🔗. The simplest method is to assume you earn two paychecks a month and one extra paycheck. Best to apply the extra paycheck to savings.
Tax Withholdings with Weekly Payments
Some employers pay you weekly. This is very unusual for salaried employees and rare for wage earners.
This is the weekly breakdown of pay and withholdings
|Weekly Gross Income||$1,038.46|
|Social Security||– $64.38|
|Federal Income Tax||– $88.42|
|Weekly Take-Home Pay||$830.16|
Your weekly paycheck will amount to $830.16 if you earn $54K a year and are filing taxes as a single.
What is my Net Hourly Rate and Why do I Care?
Your net hourly rate is the amount of money you can effectively spend when you work one hour.
From your net hourly rate you can calculate the value of an expense in the hours (or minutes) you need to work for it. This makes it easier to be frugal with day-to-day expenses.🔗
Calculating the hourly rate from your net income, after taxes, is important because you can not avoid paying taxes.
With a $54,000 salary and taxes paid in Alaska your net hourly rate is $20.75.
Is $54,000 a Good Salary in Alaska?
An income of 54 thousand dollars annually or $4,500 monthly is 155.27% of a living wage in Alaska. This is a good income for a single person with no children.
We compare the income against a Alaska-wide average for the living wage. The living wage in different metro areas and counties can differ widely from this average.
Being a resident of Alaska is great tax wise. You pay no income tax on your earned wages or salary.
From a salary of 54,000 dollars, you will keep $45,271 a year or $3,637.84 a month. This is a good income in Alaska for a single without children or dependents.
However, you want to look at income levels and other expenses before deciding to find a job in Alaska.
Improving Yourself Financially?
Suppose your employer pays you an additional $1,000 a year, you need to calculate taxes in Alaska for $55,000.
If you get a bigger promotion, how much tax will you be paying on $60,000.
This article is not tax advice, nor should be taken as such. All calculations are estimates and for budgeting purposes only. The content of this article is only for learning and entertainment. The article does not replace professional tax advice.
In general, you have to consider your personal circumstances. Your taxable income may be reduced by exclusions, dependents, deductions, or other types of income. These and many other factors will influence the taxes you pay. To prepare your tax return you should consult with a tax professional. A CPA or other tax professional can give you individual advice on how to save on taxes.
We considered in this article only individual income tax. That means, we did not include information on capital gains taxes, taxes on business income, or self-employment taxes.
We used data for the tax year 2023 for our calculations.
We used the following references for our estimates: