Puerto Rico Minimum Wage for 2017, 2018
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Puerto Rico's state minimum wage rate is $5.88 per hour. This is less than the current Federal Minimum Wage rate of $7.25. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the lower state rate is obsolete and superceded by the Federal minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Puerto Rico, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.†
The Puerto Rico minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $-0.67 from $6.55 to $5.88. Puerto Rico's minimum wage rate is linked to a Consumer 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.
The minimum wage in Puerto Rico is currently $5.08 per hour. Employers covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are subject to the Federal minimum wage of $7.25. Employers not covered by the FLSA will be subject to a minimum wage that is at least 70 percent of the Federal minimum wage or the applicable mandatory decree rate of $5.08, whichever is higher. The Secretary of Labor and Human Resources may authorize a rate based on a lower percentage for any employer who can show that implementation of the 70 percent rate would substantially curtail employment in that business.
The Secretary of Labor and Human Resources may allow certain employers to pay a special rate below the Puerto Rico Minimum Wage if they can prove that paying the minimum wage would substantially hurt employment in their business.
Puerto Rico employers may not pay you under $5.88 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
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All Puerto Rico employers must display an approved Puerto Rico minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Puerto Rico labor law.
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Puerto Rico Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Puerto Rico labor law requires all employers in Puerto Rico to visibly display an approved Puerto Rico minimum wage poster, and other Puerto Rico and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Puerto Rico labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Puerto Rico labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
The Puerto Rico minimum wage poster, and additional required Puerto Rico labor law posters, are also available on the Puerto Rico labor law posters download page.
Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Puerto Rico law does specify a daily overtime limit).
The FLSA guarantees all PR 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 Puerto Rico Department of Labor.
Puerto Rico Minimum Wage Exemptions
In addition to any Puerto Rico-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 Puerto Rico minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Puerto Rico Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Puerto Rico 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.
- Puerto Rico 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 $5.88 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Puerto Rico tipped minimum wage.
Frequently Asked Questions - Puerto Rico Minimum Wage & Labor Law
- What is the Puerto Rico minimum wage?
The current Puerto Rico minimum wage of $5.88 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Puerto Rico can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Puerto Rico waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
- How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin Puerto Rico?
A full time minimum wage worker in Puerto Rico working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $47.04 per day, $235.20 per week, and $12,230.40 per year1. The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $16,020.00 per year.
- What is the Puerto Rico under 18 minimum wage?
Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico may exist.
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1 These earnings estimates do not account for the Puerto Rico 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