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New York State Increases Exempt Salary Levels & Minimum Wage for 2020

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Beginning December 31, 2019, the required minimum salary levels for executive and administrative employees to qualify as overtime-exempt in New York State will increase (New York does not have a minimum salary level for professional employees although most of these employees would still be subject to the federal salary minimum for exemption which will increase from $455 to $684 per week on January 1, 2020).  The new salary levels are as follows:

Employers Outside of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

  • $885.00 per week on and after 12/31/19

Employers in New York City

“Large” employers (11 or more employees)

  • $1,125.00 per week on and after 12/31/18

“Small” employers (10 or fewer employees)

  • $1,125.00 per week on and after 12/31/19;

Employers in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

  • $975.00 per week on and after 12/31/19;

The New York State minimum wage will also increase on December 31, 2019.  From 12/31/2019 through 12/30/2020, the basic minimum wage is $11.80 per hour in most of New York State. There are different minimum wage rates for: the fast food industry, Long Island, Westchester County, and large and small employers in New York City.  Please see the following chart for guidelines:

General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule

Location 12/31/18 12/31/19 12/31/20
NYC – Large Employers (11 or more employees) $15.00
NYC – Small Employers (10 or less employees) $13.50 $15.00
Long Island & Westchester $12.00 $13.00 $14.00
Remainder of New York State $11.10 $11.80 $12.50

Employers must post a Minimum Wage Information poster in their establishment.

If you have questions regarding this change or other Human Resources related questions. please contact our Director of Human Resources, Caroline Organ, at or 716-854-5034 with any questions.