Minimum Wage in New York State – weekly, monthly, annually

The minimum wage in Upstate New York is $13.20 per hour, which is $5.95 more than the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 an hour.

The minimum hourly wage in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties is $15.00, which is $7.75 above the federal minimum rate.

Not all New York State employees are entitled to earn at least the state’s or their region’s hourly minimum pay. This includes tipped workers, farm workers, some charity employees, and many more (see below).

If a tipped worker doesn’t make the minimally required standard in tips, the employer is required to compensate the worker for the difference. Throughout New York State, fast food workers must be paid no less than $15.00 an hour.

Here is an overview (courtesy New York State Department of Labor):

Minimum Pay New York State
Region  Minimum Pay Tipped Service Employees  Tipped Food Service Workers
New York City $15.00 $12.50 Cash Pay
$2.50 Tip Credit
$10.00 Cash Pay
$5.00 Tip Credit
Nassau, Suffolk, & Westchester Counties $15.00 $12.50 Cash Pay
$2.50 Tip Credit
$10.00 Cash Pay
$5.00 Tip Credit
Upstate New York $13.20 $11.00 Cash Pay
$2.20 Tip Credit
$8.80 Cash Pay
$4.40 Tip Credit

Only employers in the hospitality sector are permitted to take credit from a worker’s minimum wage.

As said, the New York State minimum pay requirements apply to most workers, but some categories are exempt, for example, farm workers who may be paid $8.25 in New York, tipped employees, some student workers, and some more exempt categories.

In-house workers like housekeepers and babysitters, students on a part-time work-learn job, some farm or seasonal workers, and government employees may all hold exempt status so they can be paid less than New York State’s minimum pay requirements.

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Time period Equation
Annual wage = hourly pay times
40 hours times 52 weeks
Monthly wage = annual pay divided by 12 months
Weekly wage = 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 per week.

Minimum Wage in New York State

So in Upstate New York, the minimum pay is $13.20 an hour, relating to $105.60 per day, $528.00 per week (at 40 work hours), $2288.00 per month, and $27,456.00 per year.

In New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester, the minimum pay is $15.00 an hour, which translates to $120.00 per day, $600.00 per week (at 40 work hours), $2600.00 per month, and $31,200.00 per year.

As stated before, not all New York State workers are entitled to the state’s hourly minimum rate. Some nonprofit workers, farmworkers, tipped employees, workers, and some students often get paid under the minimum standards.

New York State minimum wage exemptions

This overview doesn’t include all employee categories that are exempt from New York State’s minimum wage requirements. It includes just the main groups.

  • Like in most states, tipped workers are exempt from New York State’s minimum pay regulations. As said earlier, in case their hourly wage, including tips, doesn’t reach the state’s minimum wage, the workers must get compensation from the employer.
  • Drivers of taxicabs and casual part-time in-house workers such as babysitters and housekeepers.
  • Religious order members, licensed or commissioned ministers, priests, or rabbis, persons working for charitable or religious institutions, and students working for educational, religious, or charitable institutions.
  • Farm workers who are direct family members or spouses of an employer.
  • Persons working for municipal, State, or Federal governments are exempt from minimum wage regulations.
  • New York employees under 20 may earn $4.25 an hour as a training wage for the first 90 days on the job.
  • College students working in a work-learn program at a university may be paid 85% ($11.22) of New York’s minimum wage rate. The job must be part-time and no more than 20 hours a week.
  • In New York State, business professionals, executives, administrators, and outside salespersons are exempt from the minimum wage and overtime rules.

All New York State employers and businesses must display state-designated informational posters in highly visible locations to inform their employees about state and federal pay and overtime regulations and their labor rights. Employers that fail to do so may be faced with severe penalties.

New York State overtime pay

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulates that all New York State employees who put in more hours than 40 in one regular work week must be paid 1.5 times their regular hourly pay for those overtime hours.

This means that workers in New York City and the counties of Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau will get paid at least $22.50 for qualifying overtime hours, and in upstate New York at least $19.80 an hour.

Some worker categories are exempt from New York State’s overtime pay regulations. For example, administrators, executives, and professionals making at least $455 a week don’t have to be paid overtime, and the same applies to external salespeople that often determine their own hours and some employees in the computer-related sector.

Some transportation workers, certain farm and agricultural workers, and some domestic employees like housekeepers are exempt from New Mexico’s minimum pay and overtime regulations as well.

What is considered work time?

Included in work hours are all those hours a worker is present on the premises of an employer. This includes places as well that are indicated or designated by an employer. Included in work time are all those hours an employee is (or is expected to be) performing assignments or other activities on behalf of an employer.

If a position requires a worker to travel to suppliers or clients, then the travel hours are seen as working hours. Commute time to get from home to work is not regarded as work time.

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