What Is the Length of the Average Payroll Pay Period?


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The most common length of pay periods in the United States is semi-monthly. This means that employees are paid at least twice each month. When adopting the semi-monthly pay period model, employers may choose to pay workers on alternating Fridays, or on set days each month.

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Other common pay periods are weekly and monthly. Some states have laws setting the maximum length of a pay period, requiring businesses to pay employees at least semi-monthly. Other areas allow longer pay periods. Many employers consider their cash flow and the business' average monthly budget when deciding how long to make payroll periods.

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