Are Salaried Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay in Texas?

Yes they are!

There is plenty of confusion related to overtime pay, but nowhere is this confusion more prevalent than when it comes to salaried employees. Despite common misconceptions, employees who earn an annual salary are just as eligible for overtime pay as their hourly wage-earning counterparts.

If you live or work in Dallas or Fort Worth and earn a salary-but aren't being compensated for the overtime hours you work- contact Jackson Allen & Williams, LLP for a free consultation!

If I'm not paid an hourly rate, how can I be paid time and a half?

Time and a half is the federally mandated rate for overtime hours worked. If you normally earn $10 an hour, your employer must pay you $15 for every hour of overtime. But what if you're not paid by the hour? Does that exempt your employer from paying you time and a half for overtime? Not at all! The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protects the interests of hourly wage-earners and salaried wage-earners alike.

Here's how to determine overtime pay for a salaried employee:

  • Start with the total salary earned each month.
  • Divide that amount by the number of hours worked each month.
  • Use the resulting figure as an equivalent for hourly pay.
  • Multiply by 1.5 to determine the appropriate hourly rate for overtime pay.

Don't make the process more complicated than it is! Call our Dallas overtime attorneys to discuss more.

Though tracking overtime hours is more difficult in a salaried setting where employees do not formally punch in and out, that doesn't mean you are not eligible for overtime wages. Employers are responsible for keeping reasonable tabs on their employees' work time and pay for any overtime work they do-even if it's not formally approved.

To determine whether or not you're being adequately compensated for your overtime work, contact Jackson Allen & Williams, LLP for a free initial review of your case!