What is the 2016 Federal Minimum Wage?
Federal Minimum Wage Law
The current Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25 per hour. If the state minimum wage in your state is higher,
you are entitled to be paid the higher minimum wage rate.
The Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 per hour is the minimum hourly pay any non-exempt worker in the United States can be paid for his work. The Federal Minimum
Wage is applicable nationwide, and overrides any state laws that provide a lower minimum wage rate to ensure that the local minimum wage in all states
is at least $7.25 per hour. The Federal Minimum Wage was last updated in 2009.
Some jobs are exempt from minimum wage law, and can be paid an hourly wage that is lower then the Federal Minimum Wage under certain circumstances.
- Employees who receive tips (such as waitresses) can be paid less then the Minimum Wage so long as the tips they receive add up to more then the minimum wage every hour
- Employees working at seasonal establishments like summer camps may sometimes be paid less then the Federal Minimum Wage
- Workers under the age of 18 may receive sub-Minimum Wage pay for a training period of up to 90 days
- Some institutions like nonprofits and universities may obtain a certificate to pay workers under the minimum wage
Federal Minimum Wage & FLSA Compliance Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires all employers to visibly display an approved federal labor law poster in a prominent place
to ensure that all employees are aware of their rights under the FLSA.