US Overtime FAQs

June 11th 2024

Your Guide to Overtime in the U.S.

Overtime refers to the compensation earned by an employee if they work additional hours in a standard workweek. In the U.S., the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandates that non-exempt employees who work overtime are entitled to receive compensation at 1.5 times their regular hourly wage.

However, policies for overtime compensation can vary from state to state. An employee may be eligible to receive overtime after 40 hours or 48 hours of work in a workweek. Or, overtime may also be granted on a daily basis, after 8 or 12 hours of work.

To assist you in understanding overtime policies in the U.S., we have created this guide addressing the most frequently asked questions on the topic, including information for minimum overtime pay rates, calculating overtime manually, overtime eligibility, exemption thresholds, comp time, fluctuating workweek overtime and penalties for overtime law violation.