Maryland Overtime Law

Maryland Minimum Wage Law

Maryland currently has the same minimum wage as the Federal Minimum Wage, $7.25 per hour.


Each employer shall keep, for at least 3 years, in or about the place of employment, a record of the name, address, and occupation of each employee; the rate of pay of each employee; the amount that is paid each pay period to each employee, and; the hours that each employee works each day and workweek.

Frequency of Pay

Employees in Maryland must be paid at least once every two weeks or twice in a month. However, some executive, administrative and professional employees may be paid less frequently.

Last Paycheck

Each employer shall pay an employee, or the authorized representative of an employee, all wages due for work that the employee performed before the termination of employment, on or before the day on which the employee would have been paid the wages if the employment had not terminated.

Wages Paid on Time

Generally, an employer must set regular paydays, and pay all earned wages of an employee on time regardless of whether the employee has turned in a time sheet or punch card, quit without notice, or provided any other form or document required by the employer. In addition, earned wages must be paid on time whether or not the employer has received payment from a customer or client for a job on which the employee worked.

If payday falls on a nonwork day, such as a weekend or holiday, wages must be paid on the preceding workday.

Maryland Overtime Law

Under Maryland Overtime Law, overtime payment to an employee of one and one-half (1.5) times the regular hourly wage is required for work performed in excess of 40 hours in a 7-day week. Under Maryland Overtime Law, for some occupations, overtime is calculated based on a different period of time. Certain farmworkers, for example, receive overtime for hours worked over 60 in a week.

Under both Maryland Overtime Law and federal laws, some employers are exempt from the requirement to pay overtime, and some employees are exempt from the right to receive it.

To learn more about Maryland Wage and Hour Law and Maryland Overtime Law visit the Maryland Department of Labor at

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