For every hour worked beyond the standard fulltime amount of forty hours, wages should be at least one and a half times the worker’s normal rate of pay. There are multiple ways to calculate overtime pay—it mostly depends on how you are paid during a fulltime workweek.

Are you paid at an hourly rate? If so, every hour worked beyond normal fulltime hours qualify for time and a half. For example, a worker who earns $10.00 an hour works 42 hours in a workweek. The worker is entitled to at least one and a half times $10.00, or $15.00, for every hour worked beyond the forty hours. Earnings for the week would be $400 for the first 40 hours, plus $30.00 for the two hours of overtime, adding up to a total of $430.00.

The normal rate of pay for a worker paid on a piecework basis is calculated by dividing the total weekly wages by the full amount of hours worked in that week. The worker is entitled to an extra one-half times this normal rate for every hour over 40, in addition to the full piecework wages. An alternative method of compensating pieceworkers for overtime, if settled between both parties before the work is done, is to compensate one and a half times the piece rate for each piece produced during the overtime hours. The piece rate must be actually paid during non-overtime hours and must exceed the minimum wage amount.

For those who are paid on a salary basis, it is important to note that although salaried workers are traditionally not entitled to overtime pay, there are certain scenarios in which exceptions to this rule are sometimes made. For salaried employees eligible for overtime, the way to calculate the rate of pay would be to divide the normal salary amount by the amount of hours for which the salary is intended to compensate for. If, under an employment contract, a salary satisfies the minimum wage requirement in every workweek and is paid as straight time for any amount of hours worked in a workweek, the normal rate is calculated by dividing the salary by the total amount of hours worked weekly. If you are unsure whether you may be entitled to overtime wages as a salaried employee, it is important to locate a lawyer to discuss the details of your case and for additional unpaid wages information.