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What is Gross Pay?

Depending on how your pay slip is configured it can be difficult to identify what your Gross Pay is. It is not unusual to confuse Net Pay and Gross Pay, in fact we are commonly asked what is the difference between Gross Pay and Net Pay?

So, here is a simple explanation of Gross Pay with Gross pay calculations to help clarify the difference between Gross Pay and Net Pay. Further down you can access specific Gross pay salary examples for the United Kingdom, United States and Australia

Gross Pay is the amount your earn before any deductions are made. Gross pay is the amount that you are actually paid by a company. We will use an annual Registered Nurse salary for our examples.

Gross pay is almost exclusively higher than Net Pay, Net Pay is the amount you receive after all deductions have been made.

If a company advertises a job for 26,000 per year, this would be the annual Gross pay.

Our Registered Nurse is on a flat salary and earns 37k per year. 37k is therefore the Registered Nurse Gross Pay or Gross Salary.

Our Registered Nurse then pays 7k in taxes and other deductions (a made up number).

Our Registered Nurse subsequently takes home 30k (37k - 7k = 30k). 30k is therefore the Registered Nurse Annual Net Pay or Annual Take Home Pay.

Monthly Gross Pay Example for a Registered Nurse

Our Registered Nurse is on a flat salary and earns 37k per year. 37k equates to circa 3,083.33 per calendar month, therefore the Registered Nurses Gross Pay or Gross Salary is 3,083.33 per month.

Our Registered Nurse then pays 600.00 per month in taxes and other deductions (a made up number).

Our Registered Nurse subsequently takes home 2,483.33 (3,083.33 - 600 = 3,083.33). 3,083.33 is therefore the Registered Nurse Monthly Net Pay or Monthly Take Home Pay.

Gross Pay Calculator and examples

The Registered Nurse gross pay salary examples above used fictitious numbers purely to illustrate exactly what Gross Pay is. Below are a list of real Gross Pay salary illustrations for the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. As our Registered Nurse worked so hard above, we decided to provide example salary numbers for each respective country for a registered nurse working in different specializations

United Kingdom United StatesAustralian
Registered Nurse Salary £18,000.00 Registered Nurse Salary $28,200.00 Registered Nurse Salary $23,000.00
Registered Nurse Salary £24,250.00 Registered Nurse Salary $37,400.00 Registered Nurse Salary $33,000.00
Registered Nurse Salary £32,500.00 Registered Nurse Salary $74,500.00 Registered Nurse Salary $45,500.00
Registered Nurse Salary £45,000.00 Registered Nurse Salary 94,600.00 Registered Nurse Salary $67,000.00

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