The number of paychecks that a worker receives in a year ranges from 12 to 52. The exact number depends on the length of the employer's pay period and the number of pay periods worked.

In a weekly pay period, one check is issued every week. There are 52 weeks in a year; therefore, on a weekly pay period, the worker receives 52 paychecks per year. If the employer pays on a bi-weekly basis, then the employee gets one paycheck every other week for a result of 26 paychecks. Another pay period duration is semi-monthly, where the employer pays two paychecks per month for up to 24 in one year. The least common pay period as of 2014 is monthly, where one paycheck is issued per month for up to 12 paychecks in a year.