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This is what I was thinking, but how do I figure out what the proper % is to get the most out of matching and my own contributions, especially since I do not know my salary for next year?

You would need to make a reasonable guess about next year's salary. Also, you can usually change your contribution level mid-year, but you should ask your employer about that to be certain.

Also, your employer's matching formula might not penalize you if you hit the contribution cap early. For example, my current employer matches on an annual basis rather than on a paycheck-by-paycheck one. Again, ask your employer to be certain.

HTH,
JDOyster
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