# Time and a Half Calculator

## What is time and a half?

Time and a half is important to understand as it can make a huge difference to your earnings. It is defined as when an employee has a 50% increase to their hourly rate of pay. It is usually applied to overtime, but it can also often be applied to working on Bank Holidays or weekends or on occasions when irregular hours are required.

**Keeping tabs on your wages**

The Time and a Half Calculator can help you track your earnings. This can be especially wise if you are on contracts where your core working hours are at the standard hourly rate but where you often do a shift or extra hours here or there on time and a half.

Remember to log the hours that are time and a half and use the calculator to analyze your monthly or weekly salary. This can be especially useful if your extra hours vary week by week.

**How to calculate Time and a Half**

It is simple. To work out Time and a Half (TH) take your standard hourly rate (SHR) and multiply it by 1.5.

Here is the formula:

TH = SHR*1.5

TH calculations work most easily if you are on a defined hourly rate. For example, if you are on $10 per hour for your first 40 hours of weekly work, but TH for any above that, you can simply multiply 10 x 1.5 for the number of extra hours you work.

Example:

You work 46 hours one week. This means –

40 ~hours*\$10 = \$400

6 ~hours*(\$10*1.5) = 6*15 = \$90.

**Total weekly earnings = $490**

Use the Time and a Half Calculator to explore how much extra you could earn with different numbers of extra hours at your TH rate. The differences can be significant. In the above example, we see that the worker earned 22.5% of their usual extra weekly wage by working only 15% additional hours.

**Calculating Hourly Time and Half on Salaried jobs**

This can be a little bit trickier, as most people on a salary are not always aware of their hourly rate. But sometimes you get offered TH earning opportunities, so you need to know what that amounts to.

Example:

You work 40 hours a week and you are on an annual salary of $39000.

We firstly find your weekly salary. That is done by dividing $39000 by 52. This gives us $750 per week.

We then divide that weekly rate by the number of hours you are contracted to work. Let’s assume 40. Your hourly rate is therefore 750 divided by 40, which equals $18.75.

Then apply the TH formula

TH = SHR*1.5

TH = 18.75*1.5 = 28.12.

**Your Time and a Half Rate is therefore $28.12**

Use the Time and a Half Calculator to work out your rate. Here are some examples.

Standard Hourly Rate (SHR) $ | Time and a Half Rate (THR) $ |
---|---|

10 | 15 |

15 | 22.50 |

17 | 25.50 |

20 | 30 |

22 | 33 |

25 | 37.5 |

26 | 39 |

28 | 42 |

29 | 43.50 |