# \$52 an Hour is How Much a Year? Before and After Taxes

With rising inflation, an hourly wage of \$52 may be considered high by some but barely getting by for others. This article will break down exactly how much annual pay you can expect at \$52 per hour based on full-time and part-time schedules. We will calculate gross yearly income and net salary after taxes. You’ll also learn how unpaid time off impacts actual annual earnings, and whether \$52 per hour provides a livable wage. If you currently earn \$52 an hour or aspire to, read on to see the yearly, monthly, biweekly, and weekly income \$52 per hour equals before and after taxes. We will examine jobs paying \$52 hourly, look at inflation’s impact, provide tips to increase income, and evaluate sample budgets to determine if home or car buying is feasible. The goal is to give you a complete financial picture of what \$52 an hour truly means.

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### \$52 an Hour is How Much a Year?

If you make \$52 an hour, your yearly salary would be \$108,160. We calculate your annual income based on 8 hours per day, 5 days per week and 52 weeks in the year.

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$52) x Weeks worked per year(52) = \$108,160

### \$52 an Hour is How Much a Month?

If you make \$52 an hour, your monthly salary would be \$9,013.33. We calculated this number by dividing your annual income by 12 months.

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$52) x Weeks worked per year(52) / Months per Year(12) = \$9,013.33

### \$52 an Hour is How Much a Biweekly?

If you make \$52 an hour, your biweekly salary would be \$4,160.

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$52) x 2 = \$4,160

### \$52 an Hour is How Much a Week?

If you make \$52 an hour, your weekly salary would be \$2,080. Calculating based on 5 days per week and 8 hours each day.

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$52) = \$2,080

### \$52 an Hour is How Much a Day?

If you make \$52 an hour, your daily salary would be \$416. We calculated your daily income based on 8 hours per day.

Hours worked per day (8) x Hourly wage(\$52) = \$416

## \$52 an Hour is How Much a Year?

The basic formula to calculate your annual salary from an hourly wage is:

Hourly Rate x Hours Worked per Week x Number of Weeks Worked per Year = Annual Salary

So for a \$20 per hour job:

\$52 per hour x 40 hours per week x 52 weeks per year = \$108,160

However, this simple calculation makes some assumptions:

• You will work 40 hours every week of the year
• You will not get any paid time off

Therefore, it represents your earnings if you worked every week of the year, without any vacation, holidays, or sick days.

Accounting for Paid Time Off

The \$108,160 base salary does not yet factor in paid time off (PTO). Let’s assume the job provides:

• 2 weeks (10 days) paid vacation
• 6 paid holidays
• 3 paid sick days

This totals 19 paid days off, or nearly 4 weeks of PTO.

Importantly, this paid time off should not be deducted from the annual salary, since you still get paid for those days.

So with 4 weeks PTO, the annual salary would remain \$108,160 .

## Part time \$52 an hour is How Much a Year?

Your annual income changes significantly if you work part-time and not full-time.

For example, let’s say you work 30 hours per week instead of 40. Here’s how you calculate your new yearly total:

\$52 per hour x 30 hours per week x 52 weeks per year = \$81,120

By working 10 fewer hours per week (30 instead of 40), your annual earnings at \$52 an hour drop from \$108,160 to \$81,120.

That’s a \$27,040 per year difference just by working part-time!

Here’s a table summarizing how your annual earnings change depending on how many hours you work per week at \$52 an hour:

Hours Per Week Earnings Per Week Annual Earnings
40 \$2,080 \$108,160
35 \$1,820 \$94,640
30 \$1,560 \$81,120
25 \$1,300 \$67,600
20 \$1,040 \$54,080
15 \$780 \$40,560

The more hours per week, the higher your total yearly earnings. But part-time work allows for more life balance if you don’t need the full salary.

## \$52 an Hour With Overtime is How Much a Year?

Now let’s look at how overtime can increase your annual earnings.

Overtime kicks in once you work more than 40 hours in a week. Typically, you earn 1.5x your regular hourly wage for overtime hours.

So if you make \$52 per hour normally, you would make \$78 per hour for any hours over 40 in a week.

Here’s an example:

• You work 45 hours in a Week
• 40 regular hours paid at \$52 per hour = \$2,080
• 5 overtime hours paid at \$78 per hour = \$390
• Your total one Week earnings =\$2,080 + \$390 = \$2,470

If you worked 45 hours each week for 52 weeks, here’s how your annual earnings increase thanks to overtime pay:

\$2,470 per week x 52 weeks per year = \$128,440

That’s \$20,280 more than you’d earn working just 40 hours per week at \$52 an hour.

Overtime can add up! But also consider taxes and work-life balance when deciding on extra hours.

Here’s a table summarizing how your annual earnings change depending on how many hours you work per week at \$52 an hour:

 Overtime hours per work day Hours Per Week Earnings Per Week Annual Earnings 0 40 \$2,080 \$108,160 1 45 \$2,470 \$128,440 2 50 \$2,860 \$148,720 3 55 \$3,250 \$169,000 4 60 \$3,640 \$189,280 5 65 \$4,030 \$209,560 6 70 \$4,420 \$229,840 7 75 \$4,810 \$250,120

## How Unpaid Time Off Impacts \$52/Hour Yearly Earnings

So far we’ve assumed you work 52 paid weeks per year. Any unpaid time off will reduce your total income.

For example, let’s say you take 2 weeks of unpaid leave. That brings your paid weeks down to 50:

Hours worked per week (40) x Hourly wage(\$52) x Weeks worked per year(50) = \$104,000 annual salary

With 2 weeks unpaid time off, your annual earnings at \$52/hour would drop by \$4,160.

The table below summarizes how your annual income changes depending on the number of weeks of unpaid leave.

 Weeks of unpaid leave Paid weeks per year Earnings Per Week Annual Earnings 0 52 \$2,080 \$108,160 1 51 \$2,080 \$106,080 2 50 \$2,080 \$104,000 3 49 \$2,080 \$101,920 4 48 \$2,080 \$99,840 5 47 \$2,080 \$97,760 6 46 \$2,080 \$95,680 7 45 \$2,080 \$93,600

## Key Takeaways for \$52 Hourly Wage

In summary, here are some key points on annual earnings when making \$52 per hour:

• At 40 hours per week, you’ll earn \$108,160 per year.
• Part-time of 30 hours/week results in \$81,120 annual salary.
• Overtime pay can boost yearly earnings, e.g. \$20,280 extra at 45 hours/week.
• Unpaid time off reduces your total income, around \$4,160 less per 2 weeks off.
• Your specific situation and location impacts taxes and PTO.

Knowing your approximate annual salary and factors impacting it makes it easier to budget and plan your finances. The next step is calculating take-home pay after deductions like taxes.

## \$52 An Hour Is How Much A Year After Taxes

Figuring out your actual annual earnings based on an hourly wage can be complicated once taxes are taken into account. In addition to federal, state, and local income taxes, 7.65% of your gross pay also goes to Social Security and Medicare through FICA payroll taxes. So how much does \$52 an hour equal per year after FICA and income taxes are deducted from your gross pay?

Below we’ll walk through the steps to calculate your annual net take home pay if you make \$52 per hour. This will factor in estimated federal, FICA, state, and local taxes so you know exactly what to expect.

### Factoring in Federal Income Tax

Your federal income tax will be a big chunk out of your gross pay. Federal tax rates range from 10% to 37%, depending on your tax bracket.

To estimate your federal income tax rate and liability:

Look up your federal income tax bracket based on your gross pay.

2023 tax brackets: single filers

Tax rate Taxable income bracket Tax owed
10% \$0 to \$11,000. 10% of taxable income.
12% \$11,001 to \$44,725. \$1,100 plus 12% of the amount over \$11,000.
22% \$44,726 to \$95,375. \$5,147 plus 22% of the amount over \$44,725.
24% \$95,376 to \$182,100. \$16,290 plus 24% of the amount over \$95,375.
32% \$182,101 to \$231,250. \$37,104 plus 32% of the amount over \$182,100.
35% \$231,251 to \$578,125. \$52,832 plus 35% of the amount over \$231,250.
37% \$578,126 or more. \$174,238.25 plus 37% of the amount over \$578,125.

For example, if you are single with \$108,160 gross annual pay, your federal tax bracket is 24%.

Your estimated federal tax would be:

\$16,290 + (\$108,160 – \$95,376) x 24% = \$19,358.16

So at \$52/hour with \$108,160 gross pay, you would owe about \$19,358.16 in federal income taxes.

### Considering State Income Tax

In addition to federal tax, most states also charge a state income tax. State income tax rates range from about 1% to 13%, with most falling between 4% and 6%.

Key Takeaways

• California, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon have some of the highest state income tax rates.
• Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming don’t impose an income tax at all.
• Another 10 U.S states have a flat tax rate—everyone pays the same percentage regardless of how much they earn.

A State-by-State Comparison of Income Tax Rates

STATE TAX RATES LOWEST AND HIGHEST INCOME BRACKETS
Florida 0% None
South Dakota 0% None
Tennessee 0% None
Texas 0% None
Washington 0% None
Wyoming 0% None
Colorado 4.55% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Illinois 4.95% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Indiana 3.23% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Kentucky 5% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Massachusetts 5% Flat rate applies to all incomes
New Hampshire 5% Flat rate on interest and dividend income only
North Carolina 4.99% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Pennsylvania 3.07% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Utah 4.95% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Michigan 4.25% Flat rate applies to all incomes
Arizona 2.59% to 4.5% \$27,806 and \$166,843
Arkansas 2% to 5.5% \$4,300 and \$8,501
California 1% to 13.3% \$9,325 and \$1 million
Connecticut 3% to 6.99% \$10,000 and \$500,000
Delaware 0% to 6.6% \$2,000 and \$60,001
Alabama 2% to 5% \$500 and \$3,001
Georgia 1% to 5.75% \$750 and \$7,001
Hawaii 1.4% to 11% \$2,400 and \$200,000
Idaho 1.125% to 6.5% \$1,568 and \$7,939
Iowa 0.33% to 8.53% \$1,743 and \$78,435
Kansas 3.1% to 5.7% \$15,000 and \$30,000
Louisiana 1.85% to 4.25% \$12,500 and \$50,001
Maine 5.8% to 7.15% \$23,000 and \$54,450
Maryland 2% to 5.75%  \$1,000 and \$250,000
Minnesota 5.35% to 9.85% \$28,080 and \$171,221
Mississippi 0% to 5% \$5,000 and \$10,001
Missouri 1.5% to 5.3% \$1,121 and \$8,968
Montana 1% to 6.75% \$2,900and \$17,400
Nebraska 2.46% to 6.84% \$3,340 and \$32,210
New Jersey 1.4% to 10.75% \$20,000 and \$1 million
New Mexico 1.7% to 5.9% \$5,500 and \$210,000
New York 4% to 10.9% \$8,500 and \$25 million
North Dakota 1.1% to 2.9% \$41,775 and \$458,350
Ohio 0% to 3.99% \$25,000 and \$110,650
Oklahoma 0.25% to 4.75% \$1,000 and \$7,200
Oregon 4.75% to 9.9% \$3,750 and \$125,000
Rhode Island 3.75% to 5.99% \$68,200 and \$155,050
South Carolina 0% to 7% \$3,110 and \$15,560
Vermont 3.35% to 8.75% \$42,150 and \$213,150
Virginia 2% to 5.75% \$3,000 and \$17,001
Washington, D.C. 4% to 9.75% \$10,000 and \$1 million
West Virginia 3% to 6.5% \$10,000 and \$60,000
Wisconsin 3.54% to 7.65% \$12,760 and \$280,950

To estimate your state income tax:

Look up your state income tax rate based on your gross pay and filing status.

Multiply your gross annual pay by the state tax rate.

For example, if you live in Pennsylvania which has a flat 3.07% tax rate, your estimated state tax would be:

\$108,160 gross pay x 3.07% PA tax rate = \$3,320.51 estimated state income tax

So with \$108,160 gross annual income, you would owe around in \$3,320.51 Pennsylvania state income tax. Verify your specific state’s income tax rates.

### Factoring in Local Taxes

Some cities and counties levy local income taxes ranging from 1-3% of taxable income.

To estimate potential local taxes you may owe:

• Check if your city or county charges a local income tax.
• If yes, look up the local income tax rate.
• Multiply your gross annual pay by the local tax rate.

For example, say you live in Columbus, OH which has a 2.5% local income tax. Your estimated local tax would be:

\$108,160 gross pay x 2.5% local tax rate = \$2,704 estimated local tax

So with \$108,160 in gross earnings, you may owe around \$2,704 in Columbus local income taxes. Verify rates for your own city/county.

### Accounting for FICA Taxes (Social Security & Medicare)

FICA taxes are a combination of Social Security and Medicare taxes that equal 15.3% of your earnings. You are responsible for half of the total bill (7.65%), which includes a 6.2% Social Security tax and 1.45% Medicare tax on your earnings.

In 2023, only the first \$160,200 of your earnings are subject to the Social Security tax

There is an additional 0.9% surtax on top of the standard 1.45% Medicare tax for those who earn over \$200,000 (single filers) or \$250,000 (joint filers).

To estimate your FICA tax payment:

\$108,160 x 6.2% + \$108,160 x 1.45% = \$8,274.24

So you can expect to pay about \$8,274.24 in Social Security and Medicare taxes out of your gross \$108,160 in earnings.

### Total Estimated Tax Payments

Based on the examples above, your total estimated tax payments would be:

Federal tax: \$19,358.16

State tax: \$3,320.51

Local tax: \$2,704

FICA tax: \$8,274.24

Total Estimated Tax: \$33,656.91

### Calculating Your Take Home Pay

To calculate your annual take home pay at \$52 /hour:

2. Subtract your estimated total tax payments

\$108,160 gross pay – \$33,656.91 Total Estimated Tax = \$74,503.09 Your Take Home Pay

n summary, if you make \$52 per hour and work full-time, you would take home around \$74,503.09 per year after federal, state, local , FICA taxes.

Your actual net income may vary depending on your specific tax situation. But this gives you a general idea of what to expect.

## Convert \$52 Per Hour to Yearly, Monthly, Biweekly, and Weekly Salary After Taxes

If you make \$52 an hour and work full-time (40 hours per week), your estimated yearly salary would be \$108,160 .

The \$108,160 per year salary does not account for taxes. Federal, state, and local taxes will reduce your take-home pay. The amount withheld depends on your location, filing status, dependents, and other factors.

Just now during our calculation of \$52 An Hour Is How Much A Year After Taxes, we assumed the following conditions:

• You are single with \$108,160 gross annual pay, your federal tax bracket is 24 %.
• You live in Pennsylvania which has a flat 3.07% tax rate
• You live in Columbus, OH which has a 2.5% local income tax.

In the end, we calculated your Total Estimated Tax is \$33,656.91 , Your Take Home Pay is \$74,503.09 , Total tax rate is 31.12%.

So next we’ll use 31.12% as the estimated tax rate to calculate your weekly, biweekly, and monthly after-tax income.

### \$52 Per Hour to Yearly, Monthly, Biweekly, Weekly,and Week Salary After Taxes Table

 Income before taxes Estimated Tax Rate Income Taxes After Tax Income Yearly Salary \$108,160 31.12% \$33,656.91 \$74,503.09 Monthly Salary \$9,013.33 31.12% \$2,804.74 \$6,208.59 BiWeekly Salary \$4,160 31.12% \$1,294.50 \$2,865.50 Weekly Salary \$2,080 31.12% \$647.25 \$1,432.75

### \$52  an hour is how much a year after taxes

Here is the adjusted yearly salary after a 31.12% tax reduction:

• Yearly salary before taxes: \$108,160
• Estimated tax rate: 31.12%
• Taxes owed (31.12% * \$108,160 )= \$33,656.91
• Yearly salary after taxes: \$74,503.09
Hourly Wage Hours Worked Per Week Weeks Worked Per Year Total Yearly Salary Estimated Tax Rate Taxes Owed After-Tax Yearly Salary
\$52 40 52 \$108,160 31.12% \$33,656.91 \$74,503.09

### \$52 an hour is how much a month after taxes

To calculate the monthly salary based on an hourly wage, you first need the yearly salary amount. Then divide by 12 months.

• Yearly salary before taxes at \$52 per hour: \$108,160
• Divided by 12 months per year: \$108,160 / 12 = \$9,013.33 per month

The monthly salary based on a 40 hour work week at \$52 per hour is \$9,013.33 before taxes.

After applying the estimated 31.12% tax rate, the monthly after-tax salary would be:

• Monthly before-tax salary: \$9,013.33
• Estimated tax rate: 31.12%
• Taxes owed (31.12% * \$9,013.33 )= \$2,804.74
• Monthly after-tax salary: \$6,208.59

Monthly Salary Based on \$52 Per Hour

Hourly Wage Yearly Salary Months Per Year Before-Tax Monthly Salary Estimated Tax Rate Taxes Owed After-Tax Monthly Salary
\$52 \$108,160 12 \$9,013.33 31.12% \$2,804.74 \$6,208.59

### \$52 an hour is how much biweekly after taxes

Many people are paid biweekly, meaning every other week. To calculate the biweekly pay at \$52 per hour:

• Hourly wage: \$52
• Hours worked per week: 40
• Weeks per biweekly pay period: 2
• \$52 * 40 hours * 2 weeks = \$4,160 biweekly

Applying the 31.12%estimated tax rate:

• Biweekly before-tax salary: \$4,160
• Estimated tax rate: 31.12%
• Taxes owed (31.12% * \$4,160 )= \$1,294.50
• Biweekly after-tax salary: \$2,865.50

Biweekly Salary at \$52 Per Hour

Hourly Wage Hours Worked Per Week Weeks Per Pay Period Before-Tax Biweekly Salary Estimated Tax Rate Taxes Owed After-Tax Biweekly Salary
\$52 40 2 \$4,160 31.12% \$1,294.50 \$2,865.50

### \$52 an hour is how much weekly after taxes

To find the weekly salary based on an hourly wage, you need to know the number of hours worked per week. At 40 hours per week, the calculation is:

• Hourly wage: \$52
• Hours worked per week: 40
• \$52 * 40 hours = \$2,080 per week

Accounting for the estimated 31.12% tax rate:

• Weekly before-tax salary: \$2,080
• Estimated tax rate: 31.12%
• Taxes owed (31.12% * \$2,080 )= \$647.25
• Weekly after-tax salary: \$1,432.75

Weekly Salary at \$52 Per Hour

Hourly Wage Hours Worked Per Week Before-Tax Weekly Salary Estimated Tax Rate Taxes Owed After-Tax Weekly Salary
\$52 40 \$2,080 31.12% \$647.25 \$1,432.75

### Key Takeaways

• An hourly wage of \$52 per hour equals a yearly salary of \$108,160 before taxes, assuming a 40 hour work week.
• After accounting for an estimated 31.12% tax rate, the yearly after-tax salary is approximately \$74,503.09 .
• On a monthly basis before taxes, \$52 per hour equals \$9,013.33 per month. After estimated taxes, the monthly take-home pay is about \$6,208.59 .
• The before-tax weekly salary at \$52 per hour is \$2,080 . After taxes, the weekly take-home pay is approximately \$1,432.75 .
• For biweekly pay, the pre-tax salary at \$52 per hour is \$4,160 . After estimated taxes, the biweekly take-home pay is around \$2,865.50 .

Understanding annual, monthly, weekly, and biweekly salary equivalents based on an hourly wage is useful when budgeting and financial planning. Taxes make a significant difference in take-home pay, so be sure to account for them when making income conversions. Use this guide as a reference when making salary calculations.

## What Is the Average Hourly Wage in the US?

Last Updated: Sep 1 2023

US Average Hourly Earnings is at a current level of \$33.82, up from 33.74 last month and up from 32.43 one year ago. This is a change of 0.24% from last month and 4.29% from one year ago.

Average Hourly Earnings is the average dollars that a private employee makes per hour in the US. This metric is a part of one of the most important releases every month which includes unemployment numbers as well. This is normally released on the first Friday of every month. This metric is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

## What is the average salary in the U.S.?

Last Updated: July 18, 2023

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics uses median salary data rather than averages to avoid skewed numbers from outlying high and low numbers. Median weekly earnings of the nation's 121.5 million full-time wage and salary workers were \$1,100 in the second quarter of 2023, the U.S.

If a person works 52 weeks in the year, then this represents a national annual salary of \$57,200.

## Is \$52 an Hour a Good Salary?

For most individuals and households, \$52 an hour would be an objectively excellent income. It provides tremendous advantages and flexibility compared to average earners.

The median hourly wage in the U.S. is only about \$27 per hour. So at \$52/hr, you’re earning nearly double the median. This income puts you solidly in the upper-middle class in terms of lifestyle and options.

Geographic differences do matter. In high-cost coastal cities like San Francisco or New York, \$52/hr still affords a comfortable life, but doesn’t go as far. In lower-cost Midwest or Southern states, \$52/hr allows room for significant savings and discretionary spending.

But overall, this income clearly provides financial security and peace of mind well beyond what average Americans enjoy. It’s an objectively good salary by any measure.

## Jobs that pay \$52 an hour

While not extremely common, there are select professional careers that pay hourly wages in the \$50-70 per hour range:

• RN or Nurse Practitioner – Registered nurses and nurse practitioners typically earn \$35-\$55/hr depending on speciality, experience, and location.
• Therapists – Physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists average \$40-\$60/hr. Usually requires a master’s degree.
• Engineers – Electrical engineers, software engineers, mechanical engineers with 5-10 years experience can earn \$50-\$75/hr or more.
• Attorneys – Corporate attorneys or specialized lawyers bill \$50-\$100+ per hour typically. Requires a law degree and bar admission.
• Accountants – CPAs or accountants with manager/supervisor roles can earn up to \$50-\$70/hr depending on firm size and location.
• IT professionals – Senior developers, cybersecurity experts, network engineers, and IT architects can exceed \$50/hr, especially with contractor roles.
• Skilled trades – Union electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, and others with senior roles or specializations can earn \$50/hr+.

In general, highly skilled white collar professional and advanced trade roles are realistic paths to \$50+/hr incomes. Extensive qualifications and experience is often required.

## Can You Live Off \$52 An Hour?

Absolutely! At \$52/hr working full-time, you’ll earn around \$108,000 per year. After taxes that equates to \$70,000-\$85,000 in take home pay depending on deductions. This salary certainly allows for a comfortable lifestyle.

While inflation and taxes consume part of that income, you would have tremendous flexibility on this salary to:

• Afford a nice home or spacious apartment. Potentially a \$300-\$500k home.
• Drive a luxury vehicle with a substantial downpayment.
• Save toward retirement goals and college funds.
• Take regular vacations domestically and overseas.
• Splurge on dining out, hobbies, entertainment.
• Build significant rainy day savings.

Households with dual \$50/hr+ incomes can achieve even more financial comfort of course. But a single earner would still enjoy an upper-middle class lifestyle and financial security on this generous salary.

## The impact of inflation on the value of \$52 an hour

Inflation eats away at everyone’s purchasing power, even those earning \$50+/hr. For example at 8% inflation, your fixed \$52/hr wage in 2022 would lose 8% of real value by 2023. Your costs would rise significantly.

This example shows why cost of living or merit raises are crucial just to maintain purchasing power as prices rise. Falling behind on earnings hurts even at higher wage levels.

Inflation also hits your savings hard. At 8% inflation, your \$50,000 in cash savings loses \$4,000 of value per year. This makes investing wisely more important.

Overall, don’t assume high earners are immune from inflation. Rising prices require budgeting carefully and seeking higher earnings to optimize quality of life.

## 5 Ways To Increase Your Hourly Wage

Even if you earn \$50+/hour already, maximizing earnings over time is wise financial practice. Here are some tips:

• Negotiate raises – Demonstrate your value and negotiate salary increases above inflation. Consider changing jobs if needed.
• Refine your skills – Obtain advanced credentials, training and certifications to command higher billing rates.
• Increase billable hours – Work full-time instead of part-time. Limit unpaid time off.
• Find side income – Take on limited side gigs or projects for extra cash. Monetize a hobby.

With hard work, the right qualifications, and understanding your worth, you can push earnings even higher over time.

## Buying a car on \$52 an hour

At \$52/hr, buying a luxury or specialty car becomes quite affordable. Here are some tips if you choose to splurge:

• Set a budget – Keep car costs reasonable like under \$60k. Don’t compromise retirement savings.
• Substantial downpayment – Put down 20-30% to secure the best rates and limit car debt.
• Extended warranty – Consider paying more for a certified, warrantied used luxury vehicle for reliability.
• Insurance premiums – Understand insurance costs will rise with a new luxury vehicle. Factor this in.
• Focus on total cost – Care, maintenance, insurance, and gas can be expensive. Make sure you can truly afford this.

With a \$100k+ income, you can enjoy premium vehicles while still following smart money principles. Weigh splurges vs financial priorities carefully.

## Can You Buy a House on \$52 An Hour?

On an income of \$52/hr or over \$100k annually, buying a nice home is quite attainable, depending on your location. Here are some home buying tips:

• Get pre-approved – Talk to lenders and get pre-approved for a loan amount that suits your income. This helps immensely.
• Determine your budget – Consider a home between \$250k-\$450k on this salary. Factor in property taxes, insurance, maintenance.
• Save for a downpayment – Put down 20% or more if possible. This gets the best rates and avoids PMI payments.
• Minimize debt – Try to keep total debt under 30% of income. This helps qualify for a larger mortgage amount.
• Explore loan options – With excellent credit, traditional 30-year mortgages are likely best. But also consider 15/20/25-year terms.

On \$52/hr, you can comfortably afford the home of your dreams in many markets by following sound financial moves.

## Example Budget For \$52 Per Hour

Here is one hypothetical monthly budget example for someone earning \$52/hr or roughly \$100k annually:

• Housing – \$1,500
• Vehicle Costs – \$700
• Groceries – \$550
• Utilities – \$350
• Insurance – \$250
• Retirement Savings – \$1,500
• Leisure/Entertainment – \$600
• Misc Expenses – \$500
• Taxes (25%) – \$2,500
• Total Costs – \$8,950

This leaves nearly \$3,000 per month for additional discretionary spending, savings, travel etc. A healthy budget on this income.

For a household with \$100k+ in combined income, a budget of \$10,000-\$12,000 would maintain financial flexibility. Always minimize fixed costs and maximize savings.

## In Summary

An income of \$52 per hour or \$100k+ provides a clearly comfortable salary with tremendous advantages. You can afford a nice home, vehicles, vacations, dining and entertainment on this income while building solid savings.

However, it’s still important to budget wisely, save aggressively, limit debt, and watch for lifestyle inflation. Even at higher incomes, overspending leads to financial strain quickly. Invest wisely for the future.

Finally, continue growing your skills and income over time through careful career planning. More earning power provides security against inflation and greater options to maximize quality of life. Overall, \$52 an hour allows enjoying life’s comforts while planning wisely for the future.