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)