# How to calculate the average monthly salary?

Often it is necessary to calculate the average monthly wage. Many people think that it is enough to simply add up all the payments for a certain period and divide by the number of months, and some add up only the salary. But the one and the other is wrong. Before calculating the average monthly wage, it is necessary to sum up all the payments made concerning wages, that is, allowances, remuneration, bonuses, salary, in general, all that was imposed on personal income tax.

## Calculate the average monthly salary

First, it is necessary to establish the period for which it is required to calculate the average monthly salary. For example, when calculating the amount of compensation for unused vacation, in this case, the billing period will be equal to the period in which the person did not use the annual paid vacation.Then, using the data from the payroll for this period, you need to sum up all the payments made, which were subject to income tax. However, it should be noted that any financial aid and various payments issued as a bonus or a gift will be deducted from this amount.

After that, the resulting amount will need to be divided by the number of months in your billing period. For example, if the secretary for 9 months of work was paid a salary in the amount of 99,000 rubles, then the average monthly salary will be equal to 99,000 rubles, we divide it by 9 months, and we get 11,000 rubles.

### Not fully spent month

Some do not know how to calculate the average monthly salary if the month was not fully worked out. In this case, when calculating vacation pay and calculating compensation for unused vacation, a month that has not been fully worked out should be rounded up as follows: if an employee has worked 15 or more days in a month, then this period will be counted as a whole month. But if he worked less than 15 days, then this time is excluded from the calculation.

### Benefits

If you need to calculate the average wage when calculating maternity benefits, then you should sum up all the payments made for the last 12 or 24 months,after which you also need to add up all the payments for the billing period and divide the amount received by the number of months. If you need to calculate the average monthly salary for the payment of severance pay, then in this case you will need to take into account the last 12 months. Now you know how to calculate the average monthly salary, and you will not have errors in the calculation, and you will act in accordance with the Labor Code of the Russian Federation.

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