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10 Pieces of Information that Should Be on Every Paystub

Paystubs: in this day and age, not many people think to check their paystubs, especially if they are paid through direct deposit. However, sometimes paystubs contain errors, and it is advised that you contact an employment attorney as soon as possible if you recognize a mistake on yours. 


There are 10 pieces of information that MUST be on every paystub you receive from your employer. STOP RIGHT NOW & look at yours: is it correct?


  1. The first item is gross wages earned. As a working employee, you should be able to see all the money you have accumulated during the calendar year up until that point.


  1. Secondly, you should be able to see an accurate count of your total hours worked. If you are an hourly employee, this is especially important. You should check your own records of how many hours you worked versus what is reported on your paystub.


  1. Thirdly are your deductions. If you are an hourly employee, you will see deductions for taxes, among other things. Do your deductions look correct to you? An employment attorney understands how deductions on paystubs work and will be able to easily tell if your deductions are accurate. 


  1. Net wages earned is your pay after your deductions. This should also be clearly presented on any and all paystubs you receive from your employer.


  1. Inclusive dates of the period for which an employee is paid: this means that there should be clearly marked time periods/dates that you were paid for. 


  1. Make sure you are you! Your name & only the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number and/or Employee ID number should be clearly printed on your paystub. If any of these items are missing, an employment attorney will be able to investigate why.


  1. Look for the name & address of your employer’s legal entity. This should also be clear on your check’s paystub.


  1. All applicable hourly rates during a pay period & the number of hours worked at each hourly rate by employee should be shown. If you are an hourly employee and work 40 hours per week, your pay rate for those 40 hours should be reflected. If you worked overtime or time-and-a-half, those hours and corresponding rates should also be included as a separate line item.


  1. Your pay rate & total hours worked for each temporary assignment (if applicable) should be indicated. This is more for temporary employees, but if so, this should also be included.


  1. The number of piece-rate units earned & any applicable piece-rate if you are an employee that is paid on a piece-rate basis.

If your pay stub is missing any of these, call one of Lawyers for Justice, PC’s powerhouse employment attorneys today at (323) JUSTICE or visit us at You may be entitled to additional compensation.