Required Salary Calculator

Wondering how much you will need to earn to support the lifestyle you want? Use the Required Salary Calculator to find what you need:

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What salary do I need to take home £ each month?

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If you know your tax code, please enter it here.


If you're still repaying your Student Loan, please select the repayment option that applies to you.


Do you contribute to a pension?


What value of childcare vouchers do you receive from your employer?


Do you have any salary sacrifice arrangements (excluding your pension if you entered it on the "Pension" tab)?


Do you receive any taxable benefits?



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Other Deductions?


Do you have any other deductions, either before tax (like Gift Aid) or after tax?



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How to use the Required Salary Calculator

To find out what salary you need to support the lifestyle of your dreams, enter the monthly take-home value you need in the box above.

New! If your main residence is in Scotland, tick the "Resident in Scotland" box. This will apply the Scottish rates of income tax.

If you know your tax code, enter it into the tax code box for a more accurate take-home pay calculation. If you are unsure of your tax code just leave it blank and the default code will be applied.

If you have a pension which is deducted automatically, enter the percentage rate at which this is deducted and choose the type of pension into which you are contributing. Pension contributions are estimates, click to learn more about pension contributions on The Salary calculator.

If you receive Childcare vouchers as part of a salary sacrifice scheme, enter the value of the vouchers you receive each month into the field provided. If you signed up for the voucher scheme before 6th April 2011, tick the box - this affects the amount of tax relief you are due.

Select your age range from the options displayed. If you are married, tick the "Married" box. Similarly, tick the "Blind" box if you are blind.

If you do not pay National Insurance, for example, if you are over State Pension Age, tick the "No NI" box.

New! There are now three repayment methods for Student Loans, which are known as Plan 1, Plan 2 and Postgraduate Loans. If you are repaying a student loan for a course which started before 1st September 2012, tick "Plan 1", if you are repaying a student loan for a course which started on or after 1st September 2012, tick "Plan 2". If you are repaying a loan for a postgraduate course, tick "Postgraduate".

You can now choose the tax year that you wish to calculate. By default, the 2021 / 22 tax year is applied but if you wish to see salary calculations for other years, choose from the drop-down.

When you're done, click on the "Calculate!" button, and the table on the right will display the information you requested from the tax calculator. You'll be able to see the gross salary, taxable amount, tax, national insurance and student loan repayments on annual, monthly, weekly and daily bases.

This is based on Income Tax, National Insurance and Student Loan information from April 2021. More information on tax rates here.