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July 28, 2022

The Complete List of Overtime Laws by State

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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.

This post is currently being updated.


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Complete List: 2022 Overtime Laws by State

StateDay OT (1.5X) atDay OT (2X) atWeek OT AtMeal Penalty AtMeal Break AmountMeal Break Duration7th day atMin WageValid until
Alabama--40 hrs----none2022
Alaska8 hrs-40 hrs---$10.342022
Arizona--40 hrs----$12.802022
Arkansas--40 hrs----$11.002022
California8 hrs12 hrs40 hrs5 hrs1 hr30 min1.5x$15.002022
Colorado12 hrs-40 hrs6 hrs1 hr30 min-$12.562022
Connecticut--40 hrs7.5 hrs1 hr30 min-$13.006-30-22
Delaware--40 hrs7.5 hrs1 hr30 min$10.502022
D.C.--40 hrs----$15.506-30-2022
Florida--40 hrs----$109-29-22
Georgia--40 hrs----$5.152022
Hawaii--40 hrs----$10.102022
Idaho--40 hrs----$7.252022
Illinois--40 hrs5 hrs1 hr20 min-$12.002022
Indiana--40 hrs----$7.252022
Iowa--40 hrs----$7.252022
Kentucky--40 hrs5--1.5x$7.252022
Louisiana--40 hrs----none2022
Maine--40 hrs6 hrs1 hr30 min-$12.752022
Maryland--40 hrs6 hrs1 hr30 min-$12.502022
Massachusetts--40 hrs61 hr30 min-$14.252022
Michigan--40 hrs----$9.872022
Minnesota--488 hrs1 hr30 min-$8.422022
Mississippi--40 hrs----none2022
Missouri--40 hrs----$11.152022
Montana--40 hrs----$9.202022
Nebraska--40 hrs----$9.002022
Nevada8 hrs-40 hrs8-30 min-$9.752022
New Hampshire--40 hrs51 hr30 min-$7.252022
New Jersey--40 hrs----$13.002022
New Mexico--40 hrs----$11.502022
New York--40 hrs6 hrs1 hr30 min-$13.202022
North Carolina--40 hrs----$7.252022
North Dakota--40 hrs51 hr30 min-$7.252022
Ohio--40 hrs----$9.302022
Oklahoma--40 hrs----$7.252022
Oregon--40 hrs6 hrs1 hr30 min-$13.502022
Pennsylvania--40 hrs----$7.252022
Rhode Island--40 hrs81 hr30 min-$12.252022
South Carolina--40 hrs----none2022
South Dakota--40 hrs----$9.952022
Tennessee--40 hrs6 hrs1 hr30 min-none2022
Texas--40 hrs----$7.252022
Utah--40 hrs----$7.252022
Vermont--40 hrs--30 min-$12.552022
Virginia--40 hrs----$11.002022
Washington--40 hrs5 hrs1 hr30 min-$14.492022
West Virginia--40 hrs6 hrs1 hr20 min-$8.752022
Wisconsin--40 hrs----$7.252022
Wyoming--40 hrs----$5.152022

Important Exceptions 

For those states with no minimum wage: Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wyoming, employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25

States with minimum wage exceptions, and increases coming this year: 

States with special break laws:

  • Hawaii follows the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), Child Labor Law, which requires employers to provide at least a 30-minute rest or meal period after five consecutive hours of work for fourteen- and fifteen-year-old minors.
  • Iowa follows a break law that states minors younger than 16 must be given a 30-minute break if they are employed five hours or more in a day.

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.


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 Actors Guild. So while minimum wage in California may be $15, 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.

Meanwhile, unions like IATSE and the Teamsters, abide by separate pay-rate regulations of their own design. The challenge of balancing varying rules and rates is one of many reasons why you should hire a payroll company to run your payroll.

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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 what is expressed in the chart above.

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.

If you have any questions about overtime laws by state, or you need help determining if your workers’ payments are compliant, reach out to us.


At Wrapbook, we pride ourselves on providing outstanding free resources to producers and their crews, but this post is for informational purposes only as of the date above. The content on our website is not intended to provide and should not be relied on for legal, accounting, or tax advice.  You should consult with your own legal, accounting, or tax advisors to determine how this general information may apply to your specific circumstances.

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