States take lead on raising overtime salary thresholds

The Obama-era plan to raise the salary threshold for overtime-exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476 died in the courts. Now the DOL says it’s looking into a more modest raise in the threshold—somewhere near $33,000.

But some states aren’t waiting. Legislation in a handful of states—including Arizona, Hawaii and Pennsylvania—would raise the threshold for overtime exemptions above the national level. Eight states already have such laws: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, New York and Oregon.

Find a guide to state-specific salary threshholds at