# Math Word Problem formula help

• Apr 8th 2012, 12:27 AM
FesterTheFest
Math Word Problem formula help
i cant figure this out

calculate the gross pay, deductions, and net pay. Each employee will receive a base pay of \$900 plus a sales commission of 6 percent of sales.
After calculating the net pay, calculate the budget amount for each category based on the percentages given.
Base pay \$900

Commission 6% of sales

Gross pay Sum of base pay and commission

Deductions 18% of gross pay

Net pay Gross pay minus deductions

I am not sure i i am doing this correct

so base pay is
X being sales

900 + x
would the sale commission be:

Commission = 900 + x * 0.06
or 900 + x *0.94

someone help me sort this out
• Apr 8th 2012, 04:31 PM
Wilmer
Re: Math Word Problem formula help
C = Commission amount

Net Pay = .82(900 + .06C)
• Apr 9th 2012, 03:53 AM
HallsofIvy
Re: Math Word Problem formula help
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Originally Posted by FesterTheFest
i cant figure this out

calculate the gross pay, deductions, and net pay. Each employee will receive a base pay of \$900 plus a sales commission of 6 percent of sales.
After calculating the net pay, calculate the budget amount for each category based on the percentages given.
Base pay \$900

Commission 6% of sales

Gross pay Sum of base pay and commission

Deductions 18% of gross pay

Net pay Gross pay minus deductions

I am not sure i i am doing this correct

so base pay is
X being sales

900 + x

No. The "base pay" is \$900; it does not depend on x.

Quote:

would the sale commission be:

Commission = 900 + x * 0.06
or 900 + x *0.94
Neither. The commission is x*0.06. The net pay is 900+ 0.06 x

Quote:

someone help me sort this out
Suppose a person working for you had total sales \$1000.00. If his net pay were "900+ x*0.94" you would have to pay him 900+ 940= \$1840, almost twice what he brought in! How are you going to make any money?
• Apr 9th 2012, 06:15 AM
Wilmer
Re: Math Word Problem formula help
Quote:

Originally Posted by HallsofIvy
Suppose a person working for you had total sales \$1000.00. If his net pay were "900+ x*0.94" you would have to pay him 900+ 940= \$1840, almost twice what he brought in! How are you going to make any money?

Will you hire me as a salesman?