How do I calculate my overtime pay?

If you are a non-exempt employee and you work more than 40 hours in a workweek, you are eligible to receive one and one-half times your regular pay rate for every hour over 40.  For hourly paid employees, if you are paid $10 per hour and work 50 hours in that week, then you are owed $10 for the first 40 hours, and $15 for each of the hours over 40.    

For employees on salary, then you have to convert your salary into a regular hourly rate before calculating your overtime pay. For example, if you are paid a salary of $500 per week and work 60 hours per week, then you are regular rate of pay is $8.33 ($500/60).   So, you should be paid $8.33 for the first 40 hours and $12.50 per hour for all hours over 40.  In this example, you would be owed an additional $4.17 for each overtime hour worked.  

Many employers incorrectly label employees as exempt and do not pay them overtime. This could cheat you out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. You can order our free book, The 10 Biggest Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Wage and Overtime Claim, to learn how you can recover your back pay.

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