Poland: Earnings during sickness calculator
Calculator of the earnings in Poland during illness.

Basic salary and dismissal period#

Gross earnings
Number of days absent (including weekend)
Reason for absence
Tick if you're 50 or older

Common sense tells#

You have been sick for 14 days.
Your earnings in this period was entirely covered by the employer.

In this period, earnings payed out by employer were:
  • calculation basis = gross earnings - ZUSsocial = 6000.00 PLN - (6000.00 PLN × 13.71%) = 5177.40 PLN,
  • earnings during 1 day of illness = basis × 80% / 30 = 5177.40 PLN × 80% / 30 = 138.06 PLN,
  • earnings during 14 days of illness = earnings during 1 day of illness × 14 = 138.06 PLN × 14 = 1932.84 PLN.

Amount due for absence#

The dismissal period is14
The base for earnings (and/or allowance) for selected period5177.40
The amount paid by the employer1932.84
The amount paid by ZUS (insurance)0.00
The gross amount for the exemption period is1932.84


  • When an employee is ill:
    • The first 33 days of absence - paid by the employer. Employer pays salary (reduced depending on the exact reason for absence according to the rules below).
    • 34-th day of absence and following days - paid by ZUS (insurance). ZUS starts to pay "sickness allowance" (pl: "zasiłek chorobowy").
  • Calculation basis for earnings during sickness is ross earnings reduced by social security contributions. As of the time of writing this text (December 2017) these contributions amounted to 13.71%:
    • retirement contribution - 9.76%,
    • disability insurance - 1.5%,
    • sickness insurance - 2.45%.
  • Depending on the exact reason for absence, the employee receives:
    • if it's a disease, that does not require hospitalization - both employer and ZUS (insurance) pays 80% of basis,
    • hospitalization - employer pays 80% of basis for the first 33 days. After that period ZUS starts to pay sickness allowance of 70% of basis,
    • pregnancy, occupational disease, accident at work or on the way to work - 100% of basis.
    ⓘ Example: Our gross salary is 2500 PLN. We're ill and stay on the medical discharge (polish: L4) during 10 days. Then, our earnings during sickness are:
    • calculation basis = gross earnings - ZUSsocial = 2500 PLN - (2500 PLN × 13.71%) = 2157.25 PLN
    • earnings during 1 day of illness = basis × 80% / 30 = 2157.25 PLN × 80% / 30 = 57.52 PLN
    • earnings during 10 days of illness = earnings during 1 day of illness × 10 = 57.52 PLN × 10 = 575.20 PLN

Some facts#

  • The calculator works according to the rules that have been in effect since 2003.01.01. Before that date, the employer's pay period was 35 days. From that day it is 33 days. There are discussions about shortening this period even to 14 days.
  • Since 2009.02.01 there is an additional rule: the pay period of the employer is only 14 days if employee is 50 years old or more. After this period ZUS (insurance) starts to pay sickness allowance.

Data up-to-date#

We periodically review rules for calculating earnings during illness and related social security contributions (polish: ZUS), so that our data is always up-to-date.
Recent compliance with the regulations was confirmed on 2022-06-30.
If you want to be 100% sure after this date - check if the rates or calculation rules have not changed.

See also#

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