U.S Minimum Overtime Wage 2024

Employees in the U.S., under the FLSA, are entitled to receive overtime pay for any hours worked above 40 in a workweek. Overtime compensation must be granted at 1.5 times the rate of the employee’s base minimum wage. An employer may also choose to give an employee ‘comp time’ i.e. time off from work, instead of overtime pay.

The FLSA is applied on a workweek basis, which consists of a fixed and recurring period of 168 hours, equivalent to seven consecutive 24-hour periods. This workweek does not necessarily need to align with the calendar week and can commence on any day and at any hour. Employers have the flexibility to establish different workweeks for different employees or groups of employees. The averaging of hours over multiple weeks is not permitted.

The following poster provides an overview of the minimum and overtime wage rates for 50 states across the U.S.

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