Minimum Wage in Nebraska – weekly, monthly, annually

In Nebraska, the minimum wage is $9.00 per hour, which is $1.75 greater than the U.S. federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and the tipped wage in Nebraska is $2.13 an hour.

Nebraska’s minimum wage applies to businesses that employ four or more workers, but small businesses with gross annual sales of up to $110k are exempt from the state’s minimum pay requirements.

A training wage of only 75% of Nebraska’s minimum wage rate (so $6,75) may be paid to student-learners and new employees younger than 20 years of age, but only during their first 90 days on the job. But there are more exempt categories (read more below).

Not all employees in Nebraska may get paid the state’s minimum standard, though. Small Nebraska companies, for instance, grossing less than $110k annually, can pay their employees $4.25 an hour.

New employees younger than 20 may receive “training pay,” which is only $4.25 an hour, but this counts only for the initial first 90 days of their employment.

Full-time students can get paid 85 percent ($7.65) of Nebraska’s minimum wage standard if they work 20 hours max per week in work-study programs from universities. But there are more Nebraska exempt categories (see more below).

Nebraska Paycheck Calculator

This Nebraska Paycheck Calculator translates your hourly pay to weekly, monthly, or annual wages.

How to use our Nebraska paycheck calculator

  1. Step one, put in your hourly pay.
  2. Step two, put in the number of weekly work hours.
  3. Now, the paycheck calculator shows your hourly pay translated to annual, monthly, or weekly wages.

How does this Nebraska paycheck calculator work?

Employees paid by the hour may face difficulties if they want to see how their hourly pay relates to periodical earnings like per month, per week, or per year. Employees with periodical salaries can relatively easily understand their paychecks and salaries. At the end of a work period, they’ll get a paycheck, and at the end of a year, they’ll get their tax forms.

To help hourly workers determine how their hourly earnings translate to weekly, monthly, or annual wages, we designed this paycheck calculator. Let’s see how it works. You only need to enter hourly pay and how many hours you work per week. The paycheck calculator instantly converts your hourly pay into weekly, monthly, and annual earnings.

Time period Equation
Annual earnings = hourly pay times
40 hours times 52 weeks
Monthly earnings = annual pay divided by 12 months
Weekly earnings = hourly pay times 40 hours

These results are generated by multiplying your base hourly pay by the number of hours, weeks, or months you work annually, assuming you work 40 hours a week.

Minimum Wage in Nebraska

So the Nebraska minimum wage is $9.00 per hour. This translates to $72.00 per day, $360.00 per week (at 40 hours a week), $1560.00 per month, and $18,720.00 per year.

As stated before, not every Nebraska employee will receive this hourly wage; some groups, such as some students, tipped workers, and some non-profit workers, are exempt.

Nebraska minimum wage exemptions

The following overview does not include all Nebraska workers that may receive less than the state’s minimum wage ($9.00 an hour), but it is an overview of the most common categories.

  • Small Nebraska companies grossing less than $110k in annual sales are exempt from paying their workers the minimum wage.
  • An employer’s immediate family members may be exempt, as are Nebraska government employees.
  • Full-time students engaged in work-learn programs from a university working maximally 20 hours a week may receive 85% of Nebraska’s minimum rate, so $7.65 an hour.
  • Young Nebraska employees under 20 can receive a “trainee wage” of just $4.25 an hour, but only during the initial 90 days on a new job.
  • Volunteer nonprofit workers, agricultural and farm workers, and some apprentices and learners may hold exempt status.
  • Certain physically and/or mentally disabled workers may be exempt from Nebraska’s minimum pay rules but under strict conditions.

All Nebraska employers are required to display state-designated informative posters in prominent and highly visible locations. They must do so to inform their employees about Nebraska’s minimum wage regulations and the workers’ rights under federal and state law.

Nebraska overtime wage

Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, Nebraska employees get 1.5 times (150% of) their normal hourly compensation if they work more than 40 hours per week (so $13.50 an hour).

However, Nebraska executives, administrators, and other professionals making at least $455 per week are exempt from Nebraska’s overtime wage rules and regulations. Overtime hours are not registered per day but per week.

More workers are exempt from Nebraska’s overtime regulations. Domestic employees in private homes and voluntary employees working for nonprofit, charitable, educational, or religious services may also be exempt from Nebraska’s overtime wage regulations. Nebraska employers are not required to pay overtime wages if an employee works during the weekend or on holidays.

What is work time?

Work time includes hours in which a worker carries out assignments and duties for an employer. Included in work time are also the hours that a worker gets paid or should get paid for activities controlled by an employer.

If a job involves traveling to clients or suppliers, those travel hours are considered work time. Bear in mind, though, that regular commuting time between work and home is not seen as work time.

Please note that this post doesn’t contain legal advice. If you have any questions about Nebraska’s minimum wage policies or minimum wage compliance, consult a tax professional or a tax attorney.