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What is a bi-weekly pay period?

Updated: May 22, 2024

Bi-weekly pay period definition and meaning

A bi-weekly pay period is a payroll schedule where employees are paid once every two weeks, for a total of 26 pay periods in a year.

 

More about bi-weekly pay periods

Bi-weekly pay schedules will have two more pay days per year than semi-monthly pay schedules, which only have 24. This type of pay schedule is common for hourly workers, but it can be used in a variety of instances.

Using bi-weekly pay period in a sentence

“Because we use bi-weekly pay periods, there are two months each year where I get an extra paycheck.”

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