The Complete List of Overtime Laws by State

14 August 2019

Overtime laws, minimum wage, OT regulations – they’re not exactly topics of casual conversation. However, each of these concepts is crucial to pay employees.

Understanding overtime legal requirements is crucial to budgeting your payroll as early as possible, so you don’t end up paying more than expected later.

In this post, we detail the core concepts of overtime rules and provide a comprehensive list of overtime laws by state.

Complete List: 2019 Overtime Laws by State

State Day OT (1.5X) at Day OT (2X) at Week OT At Meal Penalty At Meal Break Amount Meal Break Duration 7th day at Min Wage Valid until
Alabama - - 40 hrs - - - - none 2020
Alaska 8 hrs - 40 hrs - - - $9.89 2020
Arizona - - 40 hrs - - - - $11.00 2020
Arkansas - - 40 hrs - - - - $9.25 2020
California 8 hrs 12 hrs 40 hrs 6 hrs 1 hr 30 min 1.5x $12.00 2020
Colorado 12 hrs - 40 hrs 6 hrs 1 hr 30 min - $11.10 2020
Connecticut - - 40 hrs 5 hrs 1 hr 30 min - $10.10 2020
Delaware - - 40 hrs 7.5 hrs 1 hr 30 min $8.75 2020
D.C. - - 40 hrs - - - - $14.00 7-1-20
Florida - - 40 hrs - - - - $8.46 2020
Georgia - - 40 hrs - - - - $5.15 2020
Hawaii - - 40 hrs - - - - $10.10 2020
Idaho - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Illinois - - 40 hrs 5 hrs 1 hr 20 min - $8.25 2020
Indiana - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Iowa - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Kansas - - 46 - - - - $7.25 2020
Kentucky - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Louisiana - - 40 hrs - - - - none 2020
Maine - - 40 hrs 6 hrs 1 hr 30 min - $11.00 2020
Maryland - - 40 hrs 6 hrs 1 hr 30 min - $10.10 2020
Massachusetts - - 40 hrs 6 1 hr 30 min - $12.00 2020
Michigan - - 40 hrs - - - - $9.45 3-29-20
Minnesota - - 48 8 hrs 1 hr 30 min - $9.86 2020
Mississippi - - 40 hrs - - - - none 2020
Missouri - - 40 hrs - - - - $8.60 2020
Montana - - 40 hrs - - - - $8.50 2020
Nebraska - - 40 hrs - - - - $9.00 2020
Nevada 8 hrs - 40 hrs - - - - $8.25 2020
New Hampshire - - 40 hrs 5 1 hr 30 min - $7.25 2020
New Jersey - - 40 hrs - - - - $10.00 2020
New Mexico - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.50 2020
New York - - 40 hrs 6 hrs 1 hr 30 min - $11.10 2020
North Carolina - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
North Dakota - - 40 hrs 5 1 hr 30 min - $7.25 2020
Ohio - - 40 hrs - - - - $8.55 2020
Oklahoma - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Oregon - - 40 hrs 6 hrs 1 hr 30 min - $10.75 2020
Pennsylvania - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Rhode Island - - 40 hrs 8 1 hr 30 min - $10.50 2020
South Carolina - - 40 hrs - - - - none 2020
South Dakota - - 40 hrs - - - - $9.10 2020
Tennessee - - 40 hrs 6 hrs 1 hr 30 min - none 2020
Texas - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Utah - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Vermont - - 40 hrs - - 30 min - $10.78 2020
Virginia - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Washington - - 40 hrs 5 hrs 1 hr 30 min - $12.00 2020
West Virginia - - 40 hrs 6 hrs 1 hr 20 min - $8.75 2020
Wisconsin - - 40 hrs - - - - $7.25 2020
Wyoming - - 40 hrs - - - - $5.15 2020


What are overtime laws?

Overtime laws (also known as overtime rules) refer to the increased amount of money you have to pay an employee after a set amount of time.

This set amount of time, whether it be on a daily or weekly scale, varies from state to state.

For instance, in California, the initial amount of time an employee must work before receiving overtime pay is only 8 hours. While in Kansas, overtime doesn’t take effect until 46 hours have been worked in a week.

How is overtime pay calculated?

Once your employees have crossed the threshold of their overtime pay law, they then earn “pay and a half.”

Expressed as “1.5x,” this multiplier is applied to the set rate in your employee’s contract. Unless negotiated higher, this rate will be the minimum wage.

To check out the full list of minimum wage by state, be sure to check out our chart above.

Special Case: Overtime Rules on a Film Set

While almost every employee is non-exempt from overtime laws, some guilds have special rules for their employees.

For example, in the world of television and film, minimum rates for most actors are determined by The Screen Actor’s Guild. So while minimum wage in California may be $12, the minimum amount you’ll pay a guild member is much, much higher.

While overtime laws dictate a California employee will make 1.5x after 8 hours, SAG talent only makes that overtime pay after 12 hours. That’s one of many reasons why you should hire a payroll company to run your payroll.

In addition to knowing the ins and outs of overtime rules, newer companies allow you to calculate wages through an app, saving you time, money, and headaches.

What is the federal overtime law?

Set by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal overtime law (or federal OT law) states that employees shall receive overtime pay after 40 hours have been worked in a week.

When states don’t have set overtime laws, they automatically default to this, as expressed on our chart of overtime law by state.

Wrapping Up

Understanding the nuances of overtime law isn’t just a way to impress your Department of Labor friends. Without knowing the rules in your state, you may end up owing your employees way more than you thought you did.

Got a burning question about overtime laws by state? Hit us up in the messenger.

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