Accounting, Payroll & Pension Issues/Fed W/H amount differs


I was wondering how Fed W/H works, I am a little confused.
On my pay check which come every two weeks, there is a section under taxes which is labeled fed W/H. On one pay check I received 136.13, the Fed W/H was 4.10. Which is about 3.01%. The next pay check was for 350.9 and the Fed W/H was 24.52. Which is about 6.99%, in another they took out about 6.65%. Is there a set amount or does it vary depending on the amount you get paid?
Additional fact that might be important, I live in Washington State and am under PERS 2.

your federal withholding will depend on the amount you earn and the way in which you filled out your W-4 form when you started working.

The more you earn the more Federal withholding you will pay.  Also the more dependents you have on your W-4 form the less withholding you pay.


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