What Is the Minimum Wage in Texas State?

Cole Mayer  | 

2019 Minimum Wage in Texas: $7.25 per hour

Texas mostly stays in line with the federal minimum wage. This is only for non-exempt workers, as exempt or salary workers are paid a flat rate instead of per hour. There are also exemptions for minimum wage in line with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Exemptions exist to the minimum wage, per the Texas Workforce Commission:

  • Employment in, of or by religious, educational, charitable or nonprofit organizations;
  • Professionals, salespersons or public officials;
  • Domestics;
  • Certain youths and students;
  • Inmates;
  • Family members;
  • Amusement and recreational establishments;
  • Non-agricultural employers not liable for state unemployment contributions;
  • Dairying and production of livestock;
  • Sheltered workshops;

Tipped Minimum Wage: $7.15

The minimum tipped wage in Texas is $7.15 per hour, which includes a $5.12 tip credit with a $2.13 minimum cash wage. This is the same as required by the FSLA. Unlike the FLSA, however, Texas defines tipped workers as earning $20 in tips instead of the federal $30 minimum.

Weekly: $290.00

This weekly $290 assumes a typical 40-hour work week at the $7.25 per hour rate, but doesn’t take into account an individual’s income tax withholdings.

Annually: $15,080.00

The annual estimate assumes a typical 52-week per-year, 40-hour per-week position at the $7.25 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 a worker not working full time or taking unpaid time off; this amount also does not include any holiday pay.

Overtime: $10.88

This assumes the federal rate of 1.5 times the federal minimum wage, $7.15.

Texas Minimum Wage Increase News

Texas has declined to increase the minimum wage beyond the federal minimum in the past, and it is not likely a statewide wage increase will pass in the near future. State Rep. Lina Ortega, D-El Paso, introduced HB 328, the latest attempt to raise the minimum wage in Texas for the 2019 legislative session. With the minimum wage not likely to increase, except in very specific cases, it may be a good time to ask for a raise.

However, the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin have, according to the Texas Tribune, “pledged to raise the minimum wage for their public employees and private employees under public contract to $15 an hour.” However, it’s important to note that these are only for city employees and those under contract with the city.

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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 June 5, 2019. It was originally published March 7, 2019.