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Add custom earning types

Rather than limit yourself to standard earning types — like bonus, tips, and commission — you can create a custom earning type and name it whatever you like. These will be treated as supplemental wages that are separate from regular wages. You might use a custom earning type for a signing bonus or severance pay.  

You can create one or many custom earning types in your Gusto account. Custom earning types will be available for all employees on all payroll runs.

Add a custom earning type

  1. Sign in to your Gusto account.
  2. Go to the Payroll section and select Payroll settings.
  3. Under "Custom earnings," click Add custom earning type.
  4. Name this wage whatever you'd like. This title will appear on employee pay stubs and in your reports.
  5. Click Save.

Now when you enter wages in a regular, off-cycle, or bonus payroll, you'll see this custom earning type in the "Additional Earnings" column.

Note: If other earning types have been used in the past, the new custom earning type may appear within "Other Earnings" in the dropdown elections.


Q: Can I edit the name of an earning type or disable an earning type after it's been created?

A: Yes.

Q: If I disable an earning type will it still appear on employee paystubs and in reports?

A: Yes.

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