By: Stefano Tromba Oct 11, 2019

Are You Entitled To A Raise?

If you’re an exempt employee you’re due for a bump in pay! The minimum salary requirement for exempt employees according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has increased from the weekly pay rate of $455 to $684.

However, the exempt salary minimum by itself doesn’t classify an employee as exempt. Salary level is one of three tests used to determine employee exempt status.

Exempt Employees

Generally, exempt employees are those who are paid a yearly salary and not subject to overtime hours. In order to qualify for exemption, employees must meet the following (3) test criteria:

• Be paid at least $23,600 per year (or $455 per week).

• Be paid on a salary basis

• Perform exempt job duties. Exempt employees generally perform relatively high-level duties regardless of job title. These employees are referred to as “white collar” workers because they are highly skilled and formally trained professionals who typically perform job duties in an office setting. Many white-collar workers either provide services to clients or businesses, corporations or government agencies.

Non-Exempt Employees

Non-exempt employees are typically paid by the hour, and not on salary. Plus, those working over 40 hours each week should receive time and one-half of their regular pay rate for each hour of overtime worked.


Job titles do not determine exempt status. To be considered for exemption, an employee’s specific job and salary must meet all the requirements of the DOL’s regulations. Check out the DOL’s Fair Pay Fact Sheets for more detailed information about the specific duties that must be performed in order to meet the requirements of the white collar exemptions.

For additional information, visit the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division Website: and/or call their toll-free information and helpline at 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243).

Stefano is a seasoned marketing professional with unique and diverse industry experience. His background includes highly successful marketing campaigns with iconic brands that include, the New York Mets, the Daily News and Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, just to name a few.

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