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Exemptions from Minimum Wage & Overtime Pay

In general, federal law mandates that:

  • All employees be paid a minimum wage of at least $7.25 per hour; and
  • All employees receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek at a rate not less than time and one-half their regular rates of pay.

However, federal law exempts certain employees from minimum wage and/or overtime pay if they meet certain compensation thresholds and perform certain job duties. Select a frequently used exemption below to learn more. Please note, however, that state or local laws may have their own minimum wage and overtime pay rules that supersede federal law because they are more favorable to the employee. In addition, additional less frequently used exemptions exist under federal law.

  • Administrative Employee Exemption
  • Agricultural Employee Exemption
  • Automobile Dealership Employee Exemptions
  • Commissioned Sales Employee Exemption
  • Computer Employee Exemption
  • Executive Employee Exemption
  • Highly Compensated Employee Exemption
  • Outside Sales Employee Exemption
  • Professional Employee Exemption

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