What Is the Minimum Wage in Oklahoma State?

Ben Steele  | 

For the most part, Oklahoma follows the federal minimum wage and associated legislation, however they do have some state-specific rules concerning exemptions from the regular minimum wage.

2019 Minimum Wage in Oklahoma: $7.25 Per Hour

Oklahoma is one of several states that follow the federal minimum wage instead of setting their own minimum wage.

The legislation concerning which kinds of employers are required to pay minimum wage is, however, slightly different. In Oklahoma, employers with ten or more employees at one location, or with sales over $100,000 annually, are subject to minimum wage requirements.

Special Minimum Wage: $2.00 Per Hour

For any employees that aren’t covered by Oklahoma’s laws or federal laws regarding minimum wage, there is a special minimum wage of $2.00 per hour. This would, for example, apply to a business of less than ten employees, and less than $100,000 in annual gross sales.

Tipped Minimum Wage: $2.13 Per Hour

Oklahoma follows the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for tipped employees. The tipped minimum wage is calculated based on a maximum tip credit of $5.12 that an employee can apply to the minimum wage, resulting in a paid minimum of $2.13 per hour for workers classified as tipped workers. This most commonly includes restaurant servers and other service industry workers.

Weekly Minimum Wage: $290 Per 40 Hour Week

This isn’t so much a stated wage, but rather the calculation of what a minimum wage worker should earn, before deductions, in one 40 hour week. This will not reflect actual take-home pay, as tax and other deductions will be applied as required.

Annual Minimum Wage: $15,080

Again, the annual minimum wage income is a raw calculation of the $7.25 minimum expressed over the period of one year working full-time, 40-hours a week, all year. It doesn’t take deductions, taxes, or time off into account. Unpaid sick days would result in a lower annual wage amount, and the amount would also be smaller after figuring in tax deductions. For salaried employees this is a useful baseline to keep in mind.

Overtime Minimum Wage: $10.88 Per Hour Above 40 Hours in a Week

Oklahoma’s overtime is counted by week, not by day, so an employee would be entitled to overtime, based on the federally mandated 1.5 rate, after 40 hours of work in one week.

Oklahoma Minimum Wage Increase News

As of January 2019, a bill has been introduced into state legislature to raise Oklahoma’s minimum wage from the federal minimum of $7.25 to $10.50 per hour. Its fate in the 2019 legislative session is unknown, although considering responses to previous attempts to raise Oklahoma’s minimum wage, success in the near future seems unlikely. If the bill passes, it would take effect starting in 2020.

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Ben Steele is a writer, theatre(re) professional, and nonprofit administrator. He was born in England, spent his teen and early 20s in Canada, and now lives in America. Please excuse his occasionally confused voice and the odd recalcitrant u after an o.

This post was updated June 5, 2019. It was originally published March 11, 2019.