Payroll and Benefits Guide United States – Maryland

Last updated: Mar 29, 2023

United States Dollar (USD)
Employer Taxes
11.55% – 26.75%
Payroll Frequency
Employee Costs
Date Format
Fiscal Year
1 January- 31 December



Employer Payroll Contributions

11.85% – 26.75% Total Employment Cost
2.2% – 13.5% (Maximum taxable wages is 8,500 USD) Unemployment Insurance (State)
2.6% New Unemployment Insurance (State)
6.20%  (Maximum taxable wages is 147,000.00 USD) FICA Social Security (Federal)
1.45% (Maximum taxable wages is 147,000 USD) FICA Medicare (Federal)
0.60% -6.00% (Maximum taxable wages is 7,000 USD) FUTA (Federal Unemployment Tax Act) The FUTA tax rate is 6.0% with a taxable wage base of 7,000 USD. However, if states operate their unemployment insurance programs in compliance with federal law then the FUTA tax is reduced (credit) by 5.4% to 0.6%.Employee


Employee Payroll Contributions

7.65% – 8.55% Total Employee Cost
6.20% (Maximum taxable wages is 147,000.00 USD) FICA Social Security (Federal)
1.45% (Maximum taxable wages is 147,000 USD) FICA Medicare (Federal)
0.90% Additional tax on earnings over 200,000 USD (High-income earners also pay an additional 0.90% in Medicare taxes)


Employee Income Tax

State Employee Income Tax
State Tax – Single Filer
2.00% 0 USD – 999 USD
3.00% 1,000 USD – 1,999 USD
4.00% 2,000 USD – 2,999 USD
4.75% 3,000 USD – 99,000 USD
5.00% 100,000 USD – 124,999 USD
5.25% 125,000 USD – 149,999 USD
5.50% 150,000 USD – 249,000 USD
5.75% 250,000 USD and above
State Tax – Married Filers
2.00% 0 USD – 999 USD
3.00% 1,000 USD – 1,999 USD
4.00% 2,000 USD – 2,999 USD
4.75% 3,000 USD – 149,999 USD
5.00% 150,000 USD – 174,999 USD
5.25% 175,000 USD – 224,999 USD
5.50% 225,000 USD – 299,999 USD
5.75% 300,000 USD and above
Standard Deduction and Personal Exemption
Single 2,350 USD
Couple /Married Filing Jointly 4,700 USD
Personal exemption
Single 3,200 USD
Couple /Married Filing Jointly 6,400 USD
Dependent 3,200 USD
Federal Employee Income Tax
Federal Tax – Singles
10.00% Up to 11,000 USD
12.00% 11,001 USD to 44,725 USD
22.00% 44,726 USD to 95,375 USD
24.00% 95,376 USD to 182,100 USD
32.00% 182,101 USD to 231.250 USD
35.00% 231,251 USD to 578,125 USD
37.00% 578,126 USD or more
Federal Tax – Married, filing jointly
10.00% Up to 22,000 USD
12.00% 22,001 USD to 89,450 USD
22.00% 89,451 USD to 190,750 USD
24.00% 190,751 USD to 364,200 USD
32.00% 364,201 USD to 462,500 USD
35.00% 462,501 USD to 693,750 USD
37.00% 693,751 USD or more
Federal Tax – Heads of Households
10.00% Up to 15,700 USD
12.00% 15,701 USD to 59,850 USD
22.00% 59,851 USD to 95,350 USD
24.00% 95,351 USD to 182,100 USD
32.00% 182,101 USD to 231,250 USD
35.00% 231,251 USD to 578,100 USD
37.00% 578,101 USD or more
Standard Deduction and Personal Exemption
13,850.00 USD Single
27,700.00 USD Married Filing Jointly
20,800.00 USD Head of Household

Minimum Wage


Minimum wage is 13.75 USD per hour for employers with 15 or more employees, and 12.20 USD for employers with 14 or fewer employees.


Payroll Cycle

In general, employees in Maryland are semi-monthly, with payments made twice a month on set dates or as stipulated in the contract.

13th Salary

There is no legislation for 13th-month payments in Maryland.

Working Hours


In Maryland, the standard working week consists of a maximum of 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day.


Maryland adheres to the Fair Labour Standards Act (FLSA), and overtime is paid where employees work more than 40 hours in a single working week. The employer must pay 150% of the regular salary rate for the extra hours worked as overtime. Similarly, if employees are scheduled to work on weekends or rest days, no additional payment is required.

However, should an Employer request an employee to work in exceptional circumstances on these days, then overtime will be payable at 150% of the regular salary rate for the extra hours worked.

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labour (DOL) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the FLSA.

Working Week



Paid Time Off

Maryland does not have any state statute governing the amount and payment of vacation time; however, it is common for employers to decide whether to offer paid or unpaid vacation leave.  This must comply with employment law and must be stipulated in the employment contract or collective bargaining agreement.

Public Holidays

There are 15 official holidays, however private employers are not required to provide either time off or overtime pay on these days.

Sick Days

It is common for an employer to follow the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for specific family and medical reasons (maternity leave, serious illnesses, or if the employee needs to care for a spouse or child).

In addition, in Maryland, employers with 15 or more employees who have offered 106 days of service to the company or that have worked more than 12 hours per week are entitled to one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours of paid sick leave a year.

Furthermore, in Montgomery County, employees who work more than 8 hours per week are eligible for 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with an annual maximum set as:

  • 56 paid hours for employers with five or more employees
  • Thirty-two paid hours and 24 unpaid hours for employers with less than five employees

Employees are eligible for FMLA if they have worked for their employer for at least one year, completed a minimum of 1,250 hours over the past year, and worked at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles.

FMLA eligible employees are entitled to:

  • 12 working weeks of leave in any one year for a child’s birth and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth.
  • Leave for the adoption or foster care of a child and care for the newly placed child within one year of placement.
  • Care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a severe health condition.
  • Leave in the event of a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of their job.
  • Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty.”


  • 26 working weeks of leave during a single one-year period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

In addition, there is a ‘Maryland Parental Leave Act’ in Maryland, which requires employers (with 15 to 49 employees) to provide their employees with six weeks of unpaid parental leave. Employees must give adequate notice before the leave dates (at least 30 days).

The ‘Maryland Adoption Leave’ states that employers who provide paid leave to an employee following the birth of a child must also provide the same paid leave to an employee when a child is placed with the employee for adoption.

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave falls under the FMLA (see Sick Leave).

Paternity Leave

Paternity leave falls under the FMLA (see Sick Leave).

Parental Leave

Parental leave falls under the FMLA (see Sick Leave).

Other Leave

  • Maryland law requires all employers to provide their full-time employees job protected but unpaid leave for their jury duty or as a witness in a case, responding to a subpoena, or acting as a plaintiff or defendant in the courts. Employees must provide a copy of the jury summons to the employer as evidence of requirement.
  • In addition to the federal law USERRA, Maryland law provides protection against discrimination for members of U.S. armed forces, reserves, National Guard, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, and any other category of persons designated by the president in a time of war or emergency.
  • Maryland law requires that all employees registered to vote must be allowed to take up to two hours of paid leave to vote in any municipal, county, state, or federal primary or general election.
  • Employees must provide reasonable notice to their employers to take time off to vote.


Termination Process

Except in mass dismissals or as provided for in an employment contract or a collective bargaining agreement, U.S. law does not impose a formal “notice period” to terminate an employment contract and employment is stipulated “at will.”

This means that either the employer or the employee can end the employment relationship without giving notice or reason, provided it is not illegal, or based upon discrimination on the grounds of a category protected by law, etc., as per the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).

The employment contracts of executives and other highly skilled individuals often incorporate a “just cause termination” clause which mandates that an employer can only terminate the employee for “cause” and lists the permissible grounds. In such cases, the parties negotiate the foundations for a “just cause” termination case-by-case.

Notice Period

In Maryland, employees are employed “at-will,” with either party being able to terminate the employment relationship without notice. In Maryland, pay out of unused vacation is not required by law. Generally employers do pay an employee for unused vacation days, provided the employee gives advanced notice of resignation; there is no official notice period. In general practice, two weeks’ notice is a minimum requirement.

In mass dismissal cases the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) must be followed, and employers must give 60 days’ notice to impacted employees.

Severance Pay

Except as provided in an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement, employers don’t need to make severance payments to terminated employees. Employers who decide to offer severance pay would need to have the provision within the employee’s contract and agreed to by both parties.

Many employers choose to offer severance payment linked to the employee’s length of service, the most common practice being one week pay for every year of service.

Probation Period

No legal provision governs a formal “trial/probation period.” However, it is common practice for employers to set a performance evaluation after an initially stated period of employment of 90 days.



Foreign nationals without permanent resident status or a work visa are not permitted to work in the United States. An employer seeking to hire a foreign national may file a petition with the United States Department of Homeland Security/United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for an employment visa on behalf of the prospective employee.

If the petition is approved, the prospective employee must obtain a “visa stamp” from a United States embassy or consulate (Canadian citizens are exempt from this requirement). To get a temporary U.S. work visa, an employer must file a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). An approved petition must be part of the visa request; the types of visas include:


  • H-1B – for applicants with a college degree hired to do specialized work. The visa is valid for three years and can be extended for an additional three years. The visa is connected to the employer that filed the petition. If there is a change of employer, the new employer must repeat the process. There are 65,000 H-1B visas available each year.
  • H-1B1 – for applicants with a college degree from Chile and Singapore. The US government grants up to 1,400 visas to Chilean citizens and 5,400 from Singapore each year.
  • H-2A – for temporary or seasonal agriculture work. It is limited to citizens of qualified countries. Usually valid for up to 1 year and can be extended to a maximum of 3 years.
  • H-2B – for temporary non-agricultural work. These visas are limited to citizens of qualified countries. Usually valid for up to 1 year and can be extended to a maximum of 3 years.
  • L – for intercompany transfers (people transferred from a foreign company to a US branch of the company.) The applicant must have been employed at the company for a year before the transfer and work in a managerial level position or higher with specialized knowledge.
  • 0 – for people with extraordinary ability in science, arts, education, business, or athletics.

The standard procedure is to obtain a short-term work visa and then apply for an immigrant visa after the employee has started working in the United States.

For those seeking employment-based immigrant visas:

  • E-1 – highest priority employment for those with extraordinary ability in science, arts, education, business, and athletics.
  • E-2 – for those with advanced degrees or exceptional ability.
  • E-3 – for skilled workers and professionals, as well as unskilled workers.
  • E-4 – members of certain immigrant groups.
  • E-5 – immigrant investors in US companies (substantial investment).

Alternatively, an employer may sponsor a potential employee’s application for permanent resident status, referred to as a “green card,” if the employee can establish that the potential employee is a multinational executive/manager transferee, has unique skills, or has been offered a job in the United States. The employer must have been unable to recruit a US worker who meets the position’s minimum requirements.

All employers are obligated to verify that all individuals they employ are authorized to work in the United States.



Maryland has a flat sales tax rate of 6.00%.

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Version History

February 9, 2022
Minimum wage increase: 12.75 USD per hour for employers with 15 or more employees, and 12.20 USD for employers with 14 or fewer employees.
Payroll contributions and personal income tax rates have been updated.
January 1, 2021
Minimum wage: rises to $11.75 per hour for employers with 15 or more employees, and $11.60 for employers with 14 or fewer employees.

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Public Holidays Calendar

United States – Maryland 2023
Day Date Holiday Notes
Sunday Jan-1 New Year's Day
Monday Jan-16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday Feb-20 Presidents' Day
Monday May-29 Memorial Day
Monday Jun-19 Juneteenth Independence Day
Tuesday Jul-4 Independence Day July
Monday Sep-4 Labor Day
Monday Oct-9 Columbus Day
Friday Nov-10 Veterans Day
Thursday Nov-23 Thanksgiving Day
Monday Dec-25 Christmas Day