A pay stub, also known as a paycheck stub or pay slip, is the document that itemizes how much employees are paid. You will receive a pay stub for each pay period. It shows your total earnings for the pay period, deductions from the total, and your net pay after deductions.
When employees are paid with a paper check, the pay stub will be attached to the paycheck. If employees are paid by direct deposit to their bank account, the pay slip should be available online to print if a paper copy isn't provided by the employer.
What is Included on a Pay Stub?
Pay stubs include the details of each pay period's wages including the following, depending on your personal circumstances:
Gross pay (pay before deductions)
Federal taxes withheld
State taxes withheld
Local taxes withheld
Social Security deduction
Retirement or pension plan contribution
Net pay (the amount you receive after deductions)
The pay stub may also include year-to-date totals of gross and net earnings and deductions.
If you have questions on any of the items on your pay slip, check with your manager or company Human Resources department for clarification. They can advise you on your current deductions and on how to make changes to what is withheld from your gross pay.