Who is Exempt from Minimum Wage?
Minimum Wage Exemptions Under Massachusetts and Federal Law
There are certain jobs that are exempt from Massachusetts and/or federal minimum wage requirements.
Under Massachusetts law, the following are exempt occupations:
"...professional service, agricultural and farm work, work by persons being rehabilitated or trained under rehabilitation or training programs in charitable, educational or religious institutions, work by seasonal camp counselors and counselor trainees or work by members of religious orders. Occupation shall also not include outside sales work regularly performed by outside salesmen who regularly sell a product or products away from their employer's place of business and who do not make daily reports or visits to the office or plant of their employer."
Employees who are exempt under federal law, but not under Massachusetts law, include certain domestic workers, border patrol agents, and baseball players.
If you are not exempt under Massachusetts law, whether or not you are exempt under federal law, you are entitled to the Massachusetts minimum wage (currently $14.50 per hour, and $15.00 per hour beginning in 2023).
If you are exempt under Massachusetts law but not under federal law, the applicable minimum wage is the federal minimum of $7.25.
Learn more here about Massachusetts and federal minimum wage exemptions.
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