New Jersey's minimum wage is $8.38 per hour. This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage. You are entitled to be paid the higher wage.
The minimum wage is $8.38 per hour for most employees in New Jersey, with exceptions for tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.
The New Jersey Minimum Wage was raised from $8.25 to $8.38 per hour in January 2015. In 2013, voters approved a constitutional amendment to raise the New Jersey minimum wage a full dollar from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour as of January 2014. This amendment also attached New Jersey's minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), so the minimum wage will be adjusted based on the CPI every year on September 30th.
College students may be paid as little as 85% of the minimum wage by their college or university, and certain occupations held by minors under age 18 are completely exempt. Employees at nonprofit or religious summer camps or retreats are exempt from the minimum wage between June and September. Unlike most other states, seasonal and agricultural workers are not exempt from the minimum wage.
New Jersey employers may not pay you under $8.38 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and promised to raise the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 via executive order. Obama previously called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 per hour in his 2013 State of the Union. However, due to partisan stall in Congress, it is unlikely that the federal minimum wage will be raised from $7.25 in the near future.
All New Jersey employers must display an approved New Jersey minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under New Jersey labor law.
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New Jersey Minimum Wage & Labor Law Compliance Posters
Notification: Mandatory Labor Law Poster Updates
Twenty states have new minimum wages as of January 2015. All employers in these states must display updated labor law posters with the new minimum wage rate.
Professional New Jersey Labor Law Posters - Updated for 2015
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New Jersey labor law requires all employers in New Jersey to visibly display an approved New Jersey minimum wage poster, and other New Jersey and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and New Jersey labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a New Jersey labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
All workers who put in over 40 weekly hours are entitled to a minimum wage of at least 1.5 times the regular applicable minimum wage (learn more about overtime pay in New Jersey). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (New Jersey does not have a daily overtime limit).
In addition to any New Jersey-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers. You may be paid under the New Jersey minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
New Jersey Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in New Jersey to pay a new employee who is under 20 years of age a training wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.
New Jersey Student Minimum Wage - $7.12 - Full-time high school or college students who work part-time may be paid 85% of the New Jersey minimum wage (as little as $7.12 per hour)
for up to 20 hours of work at certain employers.
New Jersey Tipped Minimum Wage - $2.13 - Employees who earn a certain amount of tips every month may be paid a special cash minimum wage, but must earn at least $8.38 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the New Jersey tipped wage.
Frequently Asked Questions - New Jersey Minimum Wage & Labor Law
The current New Jersey minimum wage of $8.38 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in New Jersey can legally be paid for hourly work.
Special minimum wage rates, such as the "New Jersey waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
How much will I earn working a minimum wage job in New Jersey?
A full time minimum wage worker in New Jersey working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $67.04 per day,
$335.20 per week, and $17,430.40 per year1.
The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $14,570 per year.
What is the New Jersey under 18 minimum wage?
New Jersey employers may pay 18 year olds and minors the youth minimum wage of $4.25 for the first 90 days of employment. Other labor law exemptions for minors in New Jersey may exist.
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1 These estimates do not account for the New Jersey income tax , federal income tax, or local/municipal income taxes.