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For covered employees, the New York State Minimum Wage rate is $7.15 per hour. This amount may be modified based upon a number of factors. For example, food service workers who earn at least $1.85 per hour in tips may be paid at a minimum wage rate of $5.30 per hour. Different rates exist for other types of service employees, specified within a set of regulations called a "Wage Order", which addresses the unique aspects of each industry or occupation.
For uptodate minimum wage information and links to the "Wage Order" rates and allowances relevant to your industry, go to:
Exceptions to the minimum wage requirements are:
Independent Contractors people who are in business for themselves are not considered "employees" and are not covered by the minimum wage requirements. These are the major exclusions. For a more complete listing, go to:
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