The current minimum wage in New Jersey is $12 for employers with 5 or more employees, and $11 for employers with fewer than 5 employees and seasonal employees, and $10.44 for agricultural employees.
New Jersey law requires that the minimum wage be reviewed annually and that it be increased by the percentage the cost of living has changed from year to year.
If the federal minimum wage is raised to be higher than that of New Jersey, the New Jersey minimum wage will automatically increase to the higher federal rate.
The following minimum wage increases will occur unless an increase in the consumer price index requires a higher minimum wage:
Employers with 5 or more employees (except seasonal and agricultural employees):
January 1, 2022 – $13.00
January 1, 2023 – $14.00
January 1, 2024 – $15.00
Employers with less than 5 employees and seasonal employees:
January 1, 2022 – $11.90
January 1, 2023 – $12.70
January 1, 2024 – $13.50
January 1, 2025 – $14.30
January 1, 2026 – $15.00
January 1, 2022 – $10.90
January 1, 2023 – $11.70
January 1, 2024 – $12.50
January 1, 2025 – $13.40
January 1, 2026 – $14.20
January 1, 2027 – $15.00
The minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.13.
The tipped minimum wage will increase as follows:
January 1, 2024 – $5.13
If the employee does not receive enough tips to ensure they are paid the standard minimum wage, the employer must pay the difference.
Employers are allowed to require employees to participate in a tip pooling arrangement.
Non-exempt employees must be paid an overtime rate of 1 ½ times the regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in one workweek.
The federal overtime rule stipulates that the minimum salary requirement for administrative, professional, and executive exemptions is $684 per week, or $35,568 per year.
Employers are not required to provide breaks to employees 18 years of age or older.
If an employer chooses to provide a break longer than 20 minutes, it does not need to be paid as long as the employee is free to leave the premises and does not perform work. Under federal law, breaks less than 20 minutes long should be paid.
Lactating employees must be provided with a private place that is close to their work area to express milk, and reasonable break time to do so. If standard paid breaks are provided, time taken in excess of those breaks may be unpaid.
Employers are required to provide employees under the age of 18 with a 30-minute meal break for every 5 consecutive hours worked.
All minors are prohibited from working more than 6 days in a row.