What is the minimum wage for a working student?

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What is the minimum wage for a working student?

Asked on January 14, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, New York


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

As per the New York State Department of Labor:

The General Industry Minimum Wage Act states that employers must pay all employees in New York State, including most domestic workers, at least $7.25 per hour.

Certain requirements set under regulations known as “wage orders” may modify the basic rate.

Wage orders are provisions of the minimum wage law that cover jobs in:

  • The hospitality and building service industry
  • Miscellaneous industries and occupations
  • Farming

Some industries make allowances for tips; thus they set a lower hourly rate. For example, food service workers may earn $4.65 per hour because their total compensation includes expected tips.

When the worker must maintain required uniforms, certain allowances also apply.

Other service workers have a minimum rate of $5.50 per hour.

There are also allowances for meals and lodging supplied by an employer.

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