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A salary does not automatically exempt you from overtime pay

It may have seemed like a step up when you became a salaried employee and took on more job duties at your place of employment in Missouri. However, staying late, coming in early and being on call can be wearing, especially now that you are not getting overtime pay. We at the law office of Donelon, P.C., often provide legal information and assistance to workers whose employers are not paying them the overtime pay they are due.

According to, your salary is not the only factor in determining if you are overtime exempt. In fact, it is just one of four criteria that must be met. Not only must you make a minimum of $455 each week, or $23,660 for the year, you must also have authority to perform these job functions:

  • Hire or terminate employees
  • Directly supervise the work of at least two other employees
  • Manage the enterprise (as your primary responsibility)

You could still be overtime exempt after meeting these qualifications, though. Other exceptions include salespeople whose primary duties are performed outside of the place of business. Someone who is a professional in education or a science field, such as a professor or a dentist, is also exempt from overtime pay, as well as administrative professionals whose job duties involve nonmanual work related directly to the operations of the business and who perform these duties independently through their own judgment and discretion.

For more information about overtime eligibility and exceptions, as well as other factors that affect earnings, please visit our FAQ webpage.

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