Types of pay schedules
Your pay schedule is a combination of two pieces of info - your pay period and your pay date. The pay period is the amount of days your employee worked. The pay date is the day they receive their wages for the pay period. If there is a delay between your pay period and your pay date, this is called paying in arrears.
For example, your employee works from January 1-7, and you pay them for that week on January 13. Your pay period is January 1-7 and your pay date is January 13. This is very common for hourly employees because it gives you time to collect their hours and process payroll.
With Gusto, you can pay your employees on one of the following schedules or set up multiple pay schedules:
- Weekly: Every week on a specific day of the week (52 payrolls per year). Example: every Friday.
- Bi-Weekly: Every two weeks on a specific day of the week (26 payrolls per year). Example: every other Friday.
- Semi-Monthly: Twice per month on two specific dates of the month (24 payrolls per year). Example: the 15th and the last day of the month.
- Monthly: Every month on a specific date of the month (12 payrolls per year). Example: on the 26th.
Many states have requirements on which pay schedules can be used for different types of employees. Find your state on the Department of Labor website to learn more about regulations in your state.
Once you have chosen a schedule, follow these steps to set it up in your account.