Salary Inflation Calculator with Built-in Historical Data Chart

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This wage inflation calculator will estimate how much your current annual salary will need to increase by during the upcoming year to keep pace with inflation.

The income inflation calculator will also take your current annual salary and create a year-to-year comparison chart showing your salary adjusted for inflation dating back to the year you were 16 years old!

If you need to calculate what a past, present, or future sum of money was or will be worth at another point in time, please refer to the CPI Calculator.

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Salary Inflation Calculator

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Selected Data Record:

A Data Record is a set of calculator entries that are stored in your web browser's Local Storage. If a Data Record is currently selected in the "Data" tab, this line will list the name you gave to that data record. If no data record is selected, or you have no entries stored for this calculator, the line will display "None".

DataData recordData recordSelected data record: None
Salary:Annual salary:Current annual salary:Current annual salary:

Current annual salary:

Enter your current annual salary. If you're not sure what your annual income is, expand the description in this row to convert your non-annual wage into an annual salary.

Inflate rate:Inflation rate:Expected inflation rate:Expected inflation rate:

Expected inflation rate:

Enter the expected inflation rate for the next year (without the percent sign). The average annual inflation rate over the past 20 years (2002-2021) is roughly 2.071%.

Age:Current age:Current age:Current age:

Current age:

Enter your current age. The calculator will use your age to show what your currently salary was equal to in previous years, dating back to when you were 16 years old.

COL salary:Salary needed:Salary needed to keep pace:Salary needed to keep pace with inflation:

Salary needed to keep pace with inflation:

This is what your annual salary will need to increase to next year in order to keep pace with inflation.

COL raise:Raise needed:Raise needed to keep pace:Raise needed to keep pace with inflation:

Raise needed to keep pace with inflation:

This is the difference between your current salary and next year's inflation-adjusted salary.

If you would like to save the current entries to the secure online database, tap or click on the Data tab, select "New Data Record", give the data record a name, then tap or click the Save button. To save changes to previously saved entries, simply tap the Save button. Please select and "Clear" any data records you no longer need.

Help and Tools


How to calculate salary adjusted for inflation, and what to watch out for besides rising prices.

How to Calculate Salary Increase Based on Inflation

The following are the steps to calculate a wage increase based on inflation.

Step #1: Get the 12-month rate of inflation from the Consumer Price Index (CPI). As of this writing, the 12-month rate of inflation is 2%.

Step #2: Convert the percentage to a decimal by dividing the rate by 100 (2% = 2 ÷ 100 = 0.02).

Step #3: Add one to the result from Step #2 (1 + 0.02 = 1.02).

Step #4: Multiply your current wage or salary by the result from Step #3, which will give you your inflation-adjusted salary.

Step #5: Subtract your current wage or salary from the result in Step #4, which will give you the CPI increase amount.

Example: If your current annual salary is $50,000, and the 12-month inflation rate is 2%, your salary adjusted for inflation would be $51,000 (50,000 × 1.02 = 51,000), which would make the CPI increase amount $1,000 ($51,000 − $50,000 = $1,000).

What or Who is Eating Away at Your Buying Power?

I often hear people complain about how inflation is forcing them to earn higher and higher incomes to maintain their current lifestyles.

Many of these same people make big-ticket-item buying decisions faster than I decide what I'm going to wear to work (I work at home!).

Plus, between mortgage payments, loan payments, and credit card payments, most are spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars a month to pay for interest charges.

When you spend a dollar to pay interest charges, what do you have to show for it?

The item you purchased on credit?

No! Because had you purchased the item with cash, you wouldn't have incurred any interest cost at all.

Therefore, you have nothing to show for the dollar spent (actually less than nothing if you consider the lost interest earnings).

Does Your Bank Have Carry-Out Personnel?

Pay a visit to your local lending institution (usually recognizable by being one of the nicest buildings in town).

When you enter the building, try to find a physical product to purchase that isn't just a signed document.

Can you find an assembly line churning out tangible products?

Can you find a Lay-Away counter?

Are employees hanging around the front door to help you carry out your purchases?

Of course not.

Lending institutions rent the use of your money for a small fee and then rent it back to you at a much higher fee. That's it. That's all they do!

The truth of the matter is, spending a dollar in interest only leaves you with one less dollar to spend (or invest). In other words, that dollar's buying power was reduced by 100%!

You worked just as hard for the interest dollar as the other dollars you earned, yet you received nothing in return for it. Doesn't that bother you? As you can tell, it bothers me ... a lot!

The buying power bottom line? If you are one of those people who fail to fully investigate buying alternatives before you make your buying decisions, or you are paying hundreds or thousands of dollars in monthly interest charges, I'm sorry, but YOU are your buying power's worst enemy, not inflation.

Are Banks Evil?

So do I think lending institutions are evil?

Absolutely not.

Lending institutions provide a crucial role in providing start-up and operating capital to the businesses that create our jobs. It's not the lending institution's fault that expertly designed sales presentations entice us into buying on credit (instant gratification), instead of saving up to pay cash for our purchases.

Adjust Calculator Width:

Move the slider to left and right to adjust the calculator width. Note that the Help and Tools panel will be hidden when the calculator is too wide to fit both on the screen. Moving the slider to the left will bring the instructions and tools panel back into view.

Also note that some calculators will reformat to accommodate the screen size as you make the calculator wider or narrower. If the calculator is narrow, columns of entry rows will be converted to a vertical entry form, whereas a wider calculator will display columns of entry rows, and the entry fields will be smaller in size ... since they will not need to be "thumb friendly".

Show/Hide Popup Keypads:

Select Show or Hide to show or hide the popup keypad icons located next to numeric entry fields. These are generally only needed for mobile devices that don't have decimal points in their numeric keypads. So if you are on a desktop, you may find the calculator to be more user-friendly and less cluttered without them.

Stick/Unstick Tools:

Select Stick or Unstick to stick or unstick the help and tools panel. Selecting "Stick" will keep the panel in view while scrolling the calculator vertically. If you find that annoying, select "Unstick" to keep the panel in a stationary position.

If the tools panel becomes "Unstuck" on its own, try clicking "Unstick" and then "Stick" to re-stick the panel.