What Is the Minimum Wage in Nebraska?

Dayton Uttinger
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Nebraska’s minimum wage has remained stagnant since 2016. Below is a breakdown of the minimum wage in Nebraska and an update on current events.

2020 Minimum Wage in Nebraska: $9 per hour

The minimum wage in Nebraska is $9 per hour, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. There are a few employees that the Nebraska minimum wage does not apply to:

  • Employees who work in agriculture;
  • Employees who work for the State of Nebraska or the US Government;
  • Nonprofit volunteers;
  • Employees who work for their parents or siblings.

Tipped: $2.13 per hour

Tipped employees make $2.13 per hour before tips, with the assumption that this wage plus their tips will equal at least $9 per hour, the state minimum wage. If that amount falls short, then their employer is responsible for making up the difference.

Nebraska does not define a “tipped employee,” so any employee that receives tips could fall under this designation.

Weekly: $360

The weekly minimum wage is $360. This is calculated by taking the hourly minimum wage, $9, and multiplying it by 40, the number of hours worked in a traditional workweek. This results in $360.

Annually: $18,720

The annual minimum wage is $18,720. This is calculated by taking the weekly minimum wage, $360, and multiplying it by 52, the number of weeks in a year. This results in $18,720.

However, this does not account for vacation time or holidays. Not all businesses provide holiday pay, so employees should check with their employer before making any plans.

Overtime: $13.50

Overtime pay

applies to any hours worked over 40 in a single week. The rate is one-and-a-half times an employee’s regular hourly rate. Since the minimum wage in Nebraska is $9 per hour, the minimum overtime pay would be $13.50 per hour.

Nebraska Minimum Wage Increase News

There are no approved plans to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska, though various proposals have been cropping up in the legislature.

A lawmaker in Nebraska has recently proposed some legislation that would have raised the minimum wage in accordance with inflation, but that section of the bill was ultimately removed.

There was also a proposal in 2019 to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, but it was later defeated on the legislative floor.

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