What Is the Minimum Wage in Rhode Island?

Cole Mayer  | 

Rhode Island’s minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage. Rhode Island has no minimum wage laws of its own, but bills have been introduced to change this.

2019 Minimum Wage in Rhode Island: $10.50 per hour

The minimum wage in Rhode Island, $10.50 per hour, is more than the federal minimum wage. This only applies to non-exempt workers, as exempt or salary workers are paid a flat rate instead of per hour.

There are also exemptions for minimum wage for 14- and 15-year-olds who do not work more than 24 hours in a week. At 75 percent of the normal minimum wage, the minimum is $7.88 per hour. However, 14- and 15-year-olds that work more than 24 hours per week are entitled to the full $10.50 per hour.

Full-time students under the age of 19 working for nonprofit religious, educational, librarial, or community service organizations are also exempt, and instead earn 90 percent of the minimum wage, or $9.45 per hour.

Rhode Island also requires employers to pay time-and-a-half for work done on Sundays, much like overtime pay.

There are also exemptions for minimum wage in line with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These include: seasonal amusement or recreational establishment employees; babysitters or outside salespersons; trainees and apprentices; and people with developmental disabilities.

Tipped: $10.50 per hour

The minimum tipped wage in Rhode Island is $3.89 per hour, which does not include the amount provided by tips. There is a $6.61 tip credit. In total, a tipped employee will receive no less than $10.50 per hour. This is above the federal minimum wage.

Weekly: $420.00

This weekly $420.00 assumes a typical 40-hour workweek at the $10.50 per hour rate, but doesn’t take into account an individual’s income tax withholdings.

Annually: $21,840.00

The annual estimate assumes a typical 52-week per-year, 40-hour per-week position at the $10.50 per hour rate, but, again, does not account for any withholding, so the actual take-home pay will be lower for minimum wage workers. Additionally, the actual number may be different due to deductions such as taxes, or instances of unpaid time off; this amount also does not include any holiday pay. For comparison, this a bit more than the $20,170.80 an E1 private in the Army makes. Military careers also have disadvantages that do not apply to most civilian jobs.

Overtime: $15.75

This assumes the federal rate of 1.5 times the state minimum wage, $10.50. Overtime is calculated based on the number of hours worked on a weekly basis instead of daily.

Rhode Island Minimum Wage Increase News

Rhode Island’s minimum wage last raised on Jan. 1, 2019, from $10.10. Prior to this, it was raised in 2017, from $9.60. Gov. Gina Raimondo said she wants the minimum wage to gradually increase to $15.

If the minimum wage is not sufficient for you, consider asking your employer for a raise. If you are comfortable doing more work and earning money based on how much you work, consider taking part in the gig economy.

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A former newspaper journalist, Cole spends his free time reading, writing, playing video games, watching movies, and learning about every subject under the sun. He lives with his wife and daughter in Idaho. Follow Cole on Twitter: @ColeMayer42

This post was updated July 16, 2019. It was originally published July 16, 2019.