Nebraska Minimum Wage for 2016, 2017
Nebraska's state minimum wage rate is $9.00 per hour. This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. You are entitled to be paid the higher state minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Nebraska, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.†
The Nebraska minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $2.45 from $6.55 to $9.00. Nebraska's minimum wage rate is linked to a Customer Price Index, which is intended to raise the rate along with inflation. The current minimum wage rate is re-evaluated yearly based on these values.
Nebraska's current minimum wage is $9.00 per hour. Nebraska raised its minimum wage above the $7.25 Federal Minimum Wage for the first time in January 2015. The Nebraska minimum wage was raised to $9.00 per hour on January 1, 2016. Nebraska's minimum wage is applicable to employers of 4 or more employees, with the exception of small businesses with a gross annual sales of $110,000 or less. A training wage of 75% of the Nebraska minimum wage can be paid to student-learners (indefinitely) and new employees under age 20 (for the first 90 days).
Nebraska exempts a variety of employees from the minimum wage.
- Any agricultural and farm employees
- Government employees
- Apprentices and learners
- Volunteer nonprofit workers
- Immediate-family employees
- Certain physically or mentally disabled workers
Nebraska employers may not pay you under $9.00 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
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All Nebraska employers must display an approved Nebraska minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Nebraska labor law.
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Nebraska Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Nebraska labor law requires all employers in Nebraska to visibly display an approved Nebraska minimum wage poster, and other Nebraska and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Nebraska labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Nebraska labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
The Nebraska minimum wage poster, and additional required Nebraska labor law posters, are also available on the Nebraska labor law posters download page.
Nebraska Overtime Minimum Wage
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 Nebraska overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Nebraska law does not specify a daily overtime limit).
The FLSA guarantees all NE employees adequate overtime compensation for all qualifying overtime hours worked. If your employer does not pay adequate overtime wages, you can file an unpaid overtime claim with the Nebraska Department of Labor.
Nebraska Minimum Wage Exemptions
In addition to any Nebraska-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 Nebraska minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Nebraska Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Nebraska 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.
- Nebraska Tipped Minimum Wage - See Here - Employees who earn a certain amount of tips every month may be paid a lower cash minimum wage, but must earn at least $9.00 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Nebraska tipped minimum wage.
Frequently Asked Questions - Nebraska Minimum Wage & Labor Law
- What is the Nebraska minimum wage?
The current Nebraska minimum wage of $9.00 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Nebraska can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Nebraska waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
- How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin Nebraska?
A full time minimum wage worker in Nebraska working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $72.00 per day, $360.00 per week, and $18,720.00 per year1. The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $16,020.00 per year.
- What is the Nebraska under 18 minimum wage?
Nebraska 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 Nebraska may exist.
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1 These earnings estimates do not account for the Nebraska income tax , federal income tax, or local/municipal income taxes.
2 Poverty line for a family of two in the lower 48 published 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services