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State Payday Requirements

January 1, 2015

Historical Tables

Table of State Payday Requirements

State

Weekly

Bi-weekly

Semi-monthly

Monthly

Alaska

 

 

X

X

Arizona

 

 

X3

 

Arkansas

 

 

X

 

California

X9

X9

X

 

Colorado

 

 

 

X

Connecticut

X4

 

 

 

Delaware

 

 

 

X

District of Columbia

 

 

X

 

Georgia

 

 

X

 

Hawaii

 

 

X

X5

Idaho

 

 

 

X

Illinois

 

 

X

X2

Indiana

 

X

X

 

Iowa

X

 X6

X

X

Kansas

 

 

 

X

Kentucky

 

 

X

 

Louisiana

 

X

X7

 

Maine

 

 

X8

 

Maryland

 

X

X

 

Massachusetts

X

X

 

 

Michigan 9

X

X

X

X

Minnesota

 

 

X10

X10

Mississippi

 

X11

X11

 

Missouri

   

X

 

Montana12

 

 

 

 

Nebraska 13

 

 

 

 

Nevada

 

 

X

 X2

New Hampshire

X

 

 

 

New Jersey

 

 

X

X21

New Mexico

 

 

X

 X2

New York

  X14

 

 X14

 

North Carolina 15

 

 

 

 

North Dakota

 

 

 

X

Ohio

 

 

X

 

Oklahoma

 

 

X

 

Oregon

 

 

 

X

Pennsylvania 13

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island

X 16

X 16

X 16

 

South Dakota

 

 

 

X

Tennessee

 

 

X

 

Texas

 

 

X

  X17

Utah

 

 

  X18

  X18

Vermont

X

   X19

  X19

 

Virginia

 

X 20

X20

 X2

Washington

 

   

X

West Virginia

X

 

 

Wisconsin

 

 

 

X

Wyoming

 

 

X

 

1 Alabama and South Carolina. No regulations or not specified.

2 Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia. Monthly payday requirements for Executive, Administrative, and Professional personnel.

3 Arizona. Payday two or more days in a month, not more than 16 days apart.

4 Connecticut. Longer interval (up to monthly) permitted if approved by labor commissioner.

5 Hawaii. Employees may choose to be paid on a monthly basis under special election procedure. Director of labor and industrial relations also may grant exceptions to the general semi-monthly payday requirement. Payday requirement applies only to private sector employment.

6 Iowa. Any predictable and reliable pay schedule is permitted as long as employees get paid at least monthly and no later than 12 days (excluding Sundays and legal holidays) from the end of the period when the wages were earned. This can be waived by written agreement; employees on commission have different requirements.

7 Louisiana. Applicable to entities employing 10 or more employees that are engaged in manufacturing, mining, or boring for oil, and to every public service corporation. Payment is required no less than twice during each calendar month.

8 Maine. Payment due at regular intervals not to exceed 16 days.

9 California and Michigan. Frequency of payday depends on the occupation.

10 Minnesota. Employees engaged in transitory employment must be paid at intervals of not more than 15 days. Employees of “public service corporations doing business within this state” are required to be paid at least semimonthly the wages earned by them to within 15 days of the date of such payment, unless prevented by inevitable casualty.

11 Mississippi. Applicable to every entity engaged in manufacturing of any kind in the State employing 50 or more employees and employing public labor, and to every public service corporation doing business in the State. Payment is required once every two weeks or twice during each calendar month.

12 Montana. If there is not an established time period or time when wages are due and payable, the pay period is presumed to be semimonthly in length.

13 Nebraska. Payday designated by employer.

14 New York. Weekly payday for manual workers. Semi-monthly payday upon approval for manual workers and for clerical and other workers.

15 North Carolina. None specified, pay periods may be daily, weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly or monthly.

16 Rhode Island. Childcare providers shall have the option to be paid every two weeks.

Effective January 1, 2014, employers that meet certain requirements outlined in Rhode Island General Law Section 28-14-2.2 may petition the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training for permission to pay employees less frequently than weekly, but must pay wages at least twice a month.

17 Texas. Monthly payday for employees exempt from overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

18 Utah. Employees on a yearly salary can be paid on a monthly basis.

19 Vermont. Employers may implement bi-weekly and semi-monthly payday with written notice.

20 Virginia. Employees whose weekly wages total more than 150 percent of the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth may be paid monthly, upon agreement of each affected employee.

21 New Jersey. Employer may pay bona fide executive, supervisory and other special classifications of employees once per month.

Note: South Carolina. Employers with 5 or more employees are required to give written notice at the time of hiring to all employees advising them of their wages agreed upon, and the time and place of payment along with their expected hours of work. The employer must pay on the normal time and at the place of payment established by the employer.

Prepared By:

Division of Communications
Wage and Hour Division
U.S. Department of Labor

This document was last revised in December 2014.

The Wage and Hour Division tries to ensure that the information on this page is accurate but individuals should consult the relevant state labor office for official information.