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Nevada Wage and Hour Laws

Although placing wagers is the Silver State's main attraction, citizens of Nevada are not particularly interested in gambling with their minimum wage rates. Nevada's minimum wage is set well above the federal minimum wage and rivals some of the highest rates in the west.

In order to protect worker's rights, Nevada wage and hour laws set when the minimum wage must be increased and the amount of hours per week an employee is allowed to work. This is a quick summary of the wage and hour laws in Nevada.

Set Limits Under Nevada Wage and Hour Laws

Nevada wage and hour laws establishes two different minimum wages: one for employers that provide insurance and one for employers that don't. However, there are certain jobs where an employee can legally be paid a rate lower than minimum wage. For instance, the neighbor babysitter or a taxi cab driver can be paid less than minimum wage without any penalties to the employer.

The following table outlines the specifics of Nevada wage and hour laws.

Code Sections

Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 608: Compensation, Wages And Hours

Minimum Wage

Under Nevada minimum wage laws, the minimum hourly wage is $7.25 per hour with insurance, and $8.25 per hour without insurance.

Overtime Pay

According to Nevada wage and hour laws, an employer must pay 1 1/2 times an employee's regular wage rate whenever an employee works:

  • More than 40 hours in any scheduled week of work; or

  • More than 8 hours in any workday unless by mutual agreement the employee works a scheduled 10 hours per day for 4 calendar days within any scheduled week of work.

Exception to Minimum Wage

Nevada minimum wage laws do not apply to:

  • Casual babysitters.

  • Domestic service employees who reside in the household where they work.

  • Outside salespersons whose earnings are based on commissions.

  • Employees engaged in an agricultural pursuit for an employer who did not use more than 500 days of agricultural labor.

  • Taxicab and limousine drivers.

  • Persons with severe disabilities whose disabilities have diminished their productive capacity in a specific job.


Any person who violates Nevada wage and hour laws is guilty of a misdemeanor. A person convicted of a misdemeanor will be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for up to 6 months, by a fine of up to $1,000, or by both

In addition to any other remedy or penalty, the Labor Commissioner may impose an administrative penalty of not more than $5,000 for each such violation.

If your wage and hour rights have been violated and you would like legal assistance with this employment issue, you can contact a Nevada wage and hour lawyer through FindLaw. Visit FindLaw's sections on wage and hour laws for more articles and information on this topic.

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