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2017 Hourly Minimum Wage
$6.55 / hour
Weekly Minimum Wage1
$262.00 / 40-hr week
Yearly Minimum Wage2
$13,624.00 / year

Puerto Rico's state minimum wage rate is $6.55 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 Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the lower state rate is obsolete and superceded by the Federal minimum wage.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 has not been changed since at least 2008. 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 $7.25 per hour.

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 $6.55 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 Labor Law Posters 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.


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Puerto Rico Overtime Minimum Wage Puerto Rico Overtime Minimum Wage

PR Overtime Wage
$9.83 / hour
Daily Cutoff for Overtime
8 hours/day
Weekly Cutoff for Overtime
40 hours/week

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 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 Student Minimum Wage - $6.16 - Full-time high school or college students who work part-time may be paid 85% of the Puerto Rico minimum wage (as little as $6.16 per hour) for up to 20 hours of work per week at certain employers (such as work-study programs at universities).
  • 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 $6.55 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Puerto Rico tipped minimum wage.

Puerto Rico Minimum Wage Exemptions Frequently Asked Questions - Puerto Rico Minimum Wage & Labor Law

What is the Puerto Rico minimum wage?

The current Puerto Rico minimum wage of $6.55 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.[1]

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 $52.40 per day, $262.00 per week, and $13,624.00 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 External Link, 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 External Link


Labor Law Footnotes, Sources & Citations:

  1. The weekly earnings estimate of $262.00 is based on a standard 40-hour workweek
  2. The yearly earnings estimate of $13,624.00 is based on 52 standard 40-hour work weeks. Since most hourly employees don't work full time and/or take time off, actual yearly earnings will likely be lower.

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