Each time you are paid, a direct deposit paystub provides a statement of your calculated earnings, withholdings of any applicable taxes and withholdings for payroll deductions that apply to you.
Paystubs include multiple details in addition to gross pay, taxes, and net pay, including:
- All additional pay and allowances beyond base pay.
- Deductions are itemized by tax consequence. Instead of one list of deductions, employees will see before-tax deductions and after-tax deductions
- All employer-paid benefits are listed on the paystub, and it presents a more complete view of compensation. This section shows what the employer pays on the employee’s behalf, for example, for health care and retirement contributions. Also in this section are taxable fringe benefits (such as employee gifts, prizes and awards), taxable stipends and allowances.
- The stub displays tax consequences of benefits deductions, which then informs the Federal Taxable Gross, which is not on the current stub. The Federal Taxable Gross provides you with a total for the year that will match box 1 on your annual W-2 form. You will know what to expect from your annual W-2 by reviewing this information.
- The new stub will label leave balances and activity information, making the information easier to understand. Your leave information was previously in the upper right corner of the paystub. The new design will include the date for which the leave is valid through, so that it is easier for you to determine how much leave you have earned and used this year. TIM is the system of record for all leave balances and activity.
Click the image at right for an example of the paystub look, or download the paystub example in PDF.
More Information about the Paystub Look
You may want to view this Computer Based Training (CBT) on Accessing Your Paystub in ConnectCarolina. If you have issues accessing your paystub, please contact your School/Division HR Office for assistance.
Paystub Access Guide
- Where can I access Bonus Leave information?
- Current and detailed leave information — including Bonus Leave — is available in TIM which can be accessed through ConnectCarolina.
- The word “Advice” is used in several boxes of the paystub. What does “Advice” mean?
- A payment advice is a statement of your earnings and deductions. In this case, the paystub is a payment advice that details a direct deposit transaction. You may also see this term used when you receive a reimbursement by direct deposit.
- In the Hours and Earnings section, how is Regular different from Regular (Overtime Week)?
- Hours worked during a normal 40-hour week will show in the Regular line. If you work more than 40 hours in a week, you will see the 40 hours on the Regular (Overtime Week) line. The TIM system tracks work week hours 0-40 separately from work week hours over 40. Actual overtime hours will not show on either of these lines, but will show on one of the two overtime lines (Overtime @ .50 Time or Overtime – Straight Time) depending on the way overtime is accrued.
- How will I know what benefit plan premiums/deductions are paid on a before-tax or after-tax basis?
- The Benefit Plan Deduction Tax Status Guide provides details and the description as it appears on your paystub.
- At the bottom of my Hours and Earnings section, there is an item called “Other.” What is that?
- If you have more earnings or benefits than can be displayed on the paystub, the additional item amounts are totaled at the bottom and described as “Other.” The paystub sections have 12 lines available for item descriptions, so if you have more than 12 item descriptions in a box, you will see an “Other” item.
- On my monthly paystub, what does the YTD Hours calculation mean?
- If you are paid monthly, the YTD Hours data on your paystub is actually a system calculation of calendar days x 8 hours.
- I am a SHRA non-exempt employee. Why is the vacation or sick leave hours in the Hours and Earnings box different than the hours presented in the Leave Balances/Activity section below?
- The information in the Hours and Earnings box is a total of all Hours and Earnings for paychecks issued during the current calendar year. The first two biweekly paychecks issued in a calendar year include hours worked after mid-December of the previous calendar year. Any hours coded during the last two weeks of December of the previous calendar year, such as vacation for University Closed Days, are included in the Hours and Earnings box. The Leave Balance/Activity section reflects time as of January 1 of the current calendar year.