Minimum Wage in Rhode Island – weekly, monthly, annually

In Rhode Island, the minimum wage is $12.25 per hour. This is $5.00 greater than the federal minimum of $7.25.

There are, however, several categories of employees that are exempt from Rhode Island’s minimum wage and overtime regulations.

For example, Rhode Island employers can pay workers up to 18 years old $4.25 for the initial 90 days on a new job.

The Rhode Island tipped wage is $3.89. If an employee doesn’t make the state’s minimum pay level per hour (including tips), the employer is obligated to make up for the difference.

Immediate family members of an employer, domestic employees, and workers of Rhode Island seasonal eateries or recreation camps are also exempt from the state’s minimum wage.

Full-time students under the age of 19 working for non-profit, educational, religious, or community services organizations may be paid 90% of Rhode Island’s minimum wage (so $11.03 an hour), and minors ages 14 and 15 may perform the same duties but only for 24 hours max a week at 75% of the state’s minimum hourly rate (so $9.19 an hour).

Rhode Island exempts administrative, professional, and executive employees from its hourly minimum wage and overtime regulations, as well as outside salespersons. Read below for more categories.

Rhode Island Paycheck Calculator

Our Rhode Island Paycheck Calculator transforms your hourly wage into annual, weekly, or monthly earnings.

How to use our Rhode Island paycheck calculator

  1. Step one, put in your hourly pay.
  2. Step two, put in your weekly hours.
  3. Our paycheck calculator instantly displays how your hourly pay relates to annual, weekly, and monthly earnings.

How does our Rhode Island paycheck calculator work?

Often, employees who get paid by the hour find it difficult to determine how their hourly wage translates to monthly, annual, or weekly earnings.

For employees that receive salaries per week, biweekly, or per month, it’s different. They will receive a paycheck by the end of a work period and tax forms by year’s end. Our Rhode Island paycheck calculator makes it all a lot easier. Instantly, you can see what your hourly pay means in terms of annual, weekly, and monthly earnings.

Here is how it works: you only have to put in your hourly wage and the number of hours in your work week. If you do that, our paycheck calculator instantly displays your hourly pay transformed into monthly, annual, and weekly wages.

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

So the Rhode Island minimum hourly wage is $12.25, which relates to $98.00 a day, $490.00 a week (at 40 hours), $2123.33 a month, and $25,480.00 a year.

As said earlier, not all employees qualify for Rhode Island’s minimum hourly wage. Some nonprofit workers, domestic workers, students, and U.S. government workers are exempt from Rhode Island’s minimum wage requirements, just to mention a few categories.

Rhode Island minimum wage exemptions

Rhode Island exempts several worker categories from its minimum wage and/or overtime regulations. The following is not a full list of occupations that are exempt, but it includes the main groups.

  • Individuals working in domestic service or private homes are exempt, as are individuals employed by the United States government.
  • Individuals working for nonprofits, charitable, educational, or religious organizations on a voluntary basis.
  • Newspaper delivery workers, shoe shiners, golf caddies, bowling pin persons, ushers in theaters, and traveling salespersons.
  • Individuals working at seasonal resort eateries that are open no longer than six months a year.
  • Individuals employed for up to seven months by organized camps are also exempt. Camps may be recreational, educational, or religious.
  • Some agricultural workers in the livestock production industry and operators of taxicabs are also exempt.
  • Individuals providing child care, companionship for the elderly, disabled, or infirm in family homes, and foster care employees may be exempt as well.
  • Rhode Island employers may pay employees up to the age of 18 a sort of ‘training wage’ of $4.25 for the first 90 days of new employment.
  • Tipped workers may be paid $3.89 an hour, but if the worker doesn’t earn Rhode Island’s minimum wage rate (including tips), the employer must pay the difference.
  • An employer’s direct family members and workers at seasonal eateries and recreation camps may also be exempt.
  • Students younger than 19 working for an educational, non-profit, religious, or community agency may receive 90 percent of Rhode Island’s minimum pay, so $11.03, and minors 14 or 15 years old can do the same for up to 24 hours at 75 percent, so $9.19.
  • Executive, administrative, professional workers, and outside salespersons as well are exempt from minimum pay and overtime requirements.

In accordance with Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, Rhode Island employers must display informative, state-designated posters in highly prominent places that educate their employees on Rhode Island minimum wage, overtime, and other workers’ rights regulations.

Rhode Island overtime wage

When a Rhode Island employee works more than 40 hours in one work week, the employer must pay the worker overtime compensation at a rate of 150 percent of (1.5 times) their usual hourly wage.

Rhode Island also requires all hourly employees to be paid overtime rates (1.5 times their regular pay) if they work on Sundays, and the number of consecutive working hours in a shift must be at least three.

So, in Rhode Island, qualifying overtime hours are compensated at $18.37 or more per overwork hour. However, not all employees are entitled to this bonus. Here are the main exempt categories:

  • Summer camp employees at camps that open maximally six months per year.
  • police officers, administrators, executives, employees of the U.S. government, outside salespersons, some air carrier workers, and railway workers.
  • Salaried employees of nonprofit national voluntary health agencies who chose to be compensated in time off for qualifying overtime hours.
  • Some drivers, mechanics, driver’s helpers, loaders of motor carriers, salespersons, parts persons, and mechanics engaged in the servicing or sale of trucks, automobiles, and farm implements.
  • Agricultural and nursery workers engaged in the production of greenhouse crops, vegetable and fruit crops, sod crops, herbaceous crops, viticulture, viniculture, forestry, floriculture, dairy farming, livestock feed, aquaculture, raising livestock, fur-bearing animals, bees and honey, poultry and eggs, nursery stock, and mushrooms.

Nothing in this post constitutes legal advice. So, if you have any questions about Rhode Island’s minimum wage and/or overtime laws or compliance, please consult a tax professional or tax attorney.