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Wage Rates in American Samoa

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies generally to employment within American Samoa as it does to employment within the United States. Prior to July 24, 2007, the minimum wage rates for American Samoa were set by a special industry committee appointed by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-28) set minimum wage rates within American Samoa and provides for additional increases in the minimum wage of $0.50 per hour each year on May 25, until reaching the minimum wage generally applicable in the United States. An amendment to the Act included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 changed the date of annual increase from May 25 to September 30. On September 30, 2010, President Obama signed H.R. 3940 into law, postponing the minimum wage increase for 2010 and 2011. On July 26, 2012, President Obama signed S. 2009 into law, postponing the minimum wage increase for 2012, 2013, and 2014. Annual wage increases of $0.50 will recommence on September 30, 2015, and continue every three years until all rates have reached the federal minimum. The wage rates are set for particular industries, not for an employee's particular occupation. The rates are minimum rates; an employer may choose to pay an employee at a rate higher than the rate(s) for its industry.

The FLSA contains a number of additional requirements, including the payment of premium rates to certain covered employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek (29 U.S.C. 207), limitations on the employment of minors, and provisions relating to the Act's coverage and exceptions to and exemptions from some of the Act's general requirements.

Please be advised that an employer must pay all its employees, including casual and seasonal laborers, at a rate at least in the amount prescribed for the employer's industry. This applies even though an employee's job might appear to better correspond to the description of another industry classification. For example, an employee hired by a maritime shipping agency to provide duplication services must be paid at least the minimum rate set for the maritime shipping classification, not the lower rate that would apply to the same work if performed by an employee within the printing industry.

Industry definitions and applicable wage rates:
(29 C.F.R. Part 697, 29 U.S.C. 208, 29 U.S.C. 210(a)

Every employer of employees subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage provisions must post, and keep posted, a notice explaining the Act in a conspicuous place in all of their establishments so as to permit employees to readily read it. The content of the notice is prescribed by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor and is included in the Minimum Wage Poster for use by American Samoa employers (PDF). You can view and print it using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. This approved copy has been adapted from the standard FLSA poster with modifications. It addresses the Act's particular application to employment in American Samoa and is made available for informational purposes and for employers to use as posters.

To use this file as a poster for your place of employment, please follow these instructions:

  1. The file is only available in PDF format. In order to view and/or print PDF documents you must have a PDF viewer (e.g., Adobe Acrobat Reader v5 or later) available on your workstation.
  2. Click on the link for the Minimum Wage Poster for use by American Samoa employers and wait for it to load into the viewer.
  3. Please ensure that the Page Scaling box reads: Reduce to Printer Margins
  4. Your printer must be capable of 11 x 17 prints or the two printed pages must be taped or pasted together to form an 11 x 17 inch poster. Otherwise the poster fits on a single 8 1/2 x 11 inch page.

American Samoa Economic Reports

Contact information: If you have any questions concerning the federal wage rates or other FLSA issues please contact any of the Wage and Hour Division offices listed below for assistance.

300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 7225, Honolulu, HI 96850

90 7th Street, Suite 18300, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 625-7720

60 South Market St., Suite 420, San Jose, CA 95113-2354

For additional information, visit our Wage-Hour website: and/or call Wage-Hour toll-free information and help line, available 8am to 5pm in your time zone, 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243).

This web page is intended as general information only and does not carry the force of legal opinion.

The Department of Labor is providing this information as a public service. This information and related materials are presented to give the public access to information on Department of Labor programs. You should be aware that, while we try to keep the information timely and accurate, there will often be a delay between official publications of the materials and the modification of these pages. Therefore, we make no express or implied guarantees. The Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Department of Labor. We will make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention.