Colorado – Minimum Wage and Overtime Exemptions

Colorado Minimum Wage and Overtime Exemptions




Executive exemption

Colorado exempts executive or supervisor employees from its minimum wage and overtime requirements. To qualify as an executive employee, an individual must:

  • be paid on a salary basis
  • earn a salary that exceeds the equivalent of the minimum wage for all hours worked in a workweek
  • supervise the work of at least two full-time employees
  • have the authority to hire and fire, or to effectively recommend such action
  • spend a minimum of 50% percent of the workweek in duties directly related to supervision.

CO Reg. 7 CCR 1103-1(5).





Administrative exemption

Colorado exempts administrative employees from its minimum wage and overtime requirements. To qualify as an administrative employee, an individual must:

  • be paid on a salary basis
  • directly serve an executive
  • regularly performs duties important to the decision-making process of the executive
  • regularly exercise independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance
  • have primary duties that are non-manual in nature and directly related to management policies or general business operations

CO Reg. 7 CCR 1103-1(5).



Professional exemption

Colorado exempts professional employees from minimum wage and overtime requirements. To qualify as a professional employee, an individual must:

    • be paid on a salary basis or, for doctors, lawyers, teachers, and highly technical computer employees, earn at least $27.63 per hour
    • have knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction and study
    • be employed in the field in which they are trained

CO Reg. 7 CCR 1103-1(5).



Outside salesman exemption

Colorado exempts outside salesperson from minimum wage and overtime requirements. To qualify as an outside salesperson, an individual must:

      • work primarily away from the employer”™s place of business or enterprise
      • make sales or obtain orders or contracts for any commodities, articles, goods, real estate, wares, merchandise or services
      • spend a minimum of 80% of the workweek in activities directly related to their own outside sales

CO Reg. 7 CCR 1103-1(5).



Computer employee exemption

Colorado exempts highly technical computer employees from minimum wage and overtime requirements. To qualify as a highly technical computer employee, an individual must:

      • earn at least $27.63 per hour
      • have knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction and study
      • be employed in the field in which they are trained

CO Reg. 7 CCR 1103-1(5).



Other minimum wage and overtime exemptions

Colorado exempts the following employees or occupations from minimum wage and overtime requirements:

      • companions
      • casual babysitters and domestic employees employed by households or family members to perform duties in private residences
      • property managers
      • interstate drivers, driver helpers, loaders or mechanics of motor carriers
      • taxi cab drivers
      • bona fide volunteers
      • students employed by sororities, fraternities, college clubs, or dormitories
      • students employed in a work experience study program
      • employees working in laundries of charitable institutions which pay no wages to workers and inmates, or patient workers who work in institutional laundries

CO Reg. 7 CCR 1103-1(5).



Overtime only exemptions

Colorado exempts the following employees from its overtime requirements:

      • salespersons, parts-persons, and mechanics employed by automobile, truck, or farm implements (retail) dealers
      • salespersons employed by trailer, aircraft, and boat (retail) dealers

CO Reg. 7 CCR 1103-1(6)

Ski industry employees

Colorado exempts certain ski industry employees from its 40 hour workweek overtime requirements. Ski industry employees that are exempt include employees who:

      • perform duties directly related to ski area operations for downhill skiing or snowboarding
      • provide food and beverage services at on-mountain locations

The exemption does not apply to employees performing duties related to lodging and does not exempt employees from the 12-hour workday overtime requirements.

CO Reg. 7 CCR 1103-1(6)

Medical transportation exemption

Colorado exempts employees of the medical transportation from its 12-hour workday overtime requirements if the employees are scheduled to work 24-hour shifts. Medical transportation industry employees are still entitled to overtime under Colorado”™s 40-hour workweek overtime requirements.

CO Reg. 7 CCR 1103-1(6)