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Connecticut Minimum Wage Law

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on January 2, 2014.

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Employers in Connecticut must conform with these state rules regarding the minimum wage paid to employees.

Effective January 1, 2014, the minimum wage rate in Connecticut is $8.70 per hour.

Employers may pay learners, beginners and persons under the age of 18 a lower minimum wage of at least 85% of the state minimum wage for the first 200 hours of employment.

All employees are covered by the state minimum wage and overtime laws, except those employed:

  • in camps or resorts that are open not more than six months a year
  • as babysitters
  • in a bona fide executive, administrative or professional capacity
  • by the federal government
  • as an outside salesperson
  • in activities of an educational, charitable, religious, scientific, historical, literary or nonprofit organization where an employer-employee relationship does not exist or where services are rendered on a voluntary basis
  • by a nonprofit theater that does not operate for less than seven months in any year
  • domestics, except those in domestic service employment as defined in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations
  • as head residents or assistants at a college or university

Wage orders are in existence for the following industries: beauty, cleaning and dyeing, laundry, mercantile trade, restaurant and hotel restaurant.

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