Maine – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave

Minimum Wage

Maine’s current minimum wage is $12.15.

For more information on Maine’s minimum wage laws, visit our Maine Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.

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Maine labor laws require employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. ME Statute 26.664. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Maine may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Maine Prevailing Wages, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.

Meals and Breaks

Maine labor laws require employers to give employees the opportunity to take an unpaid rest break of thirty (30) consecutive minutes after six (6) hours worked except:

  • in cases of emergency where there is danger of property, life, public safety or public health; or
  • if:
    • fewer than three (3) employees are on duty at any one time; and
    • the nature of the work done by the employees allows the employee frequent paid breaks of a shorter duration during the employee’s work day.

ME Statute 26:601.

Maine does not have any laws requiring employers to provide rest breaks to employees. However, based on the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, if an employer chooses to provide rest breaks to employees lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, the rest breaks must be paid. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.

Nursing Mother Breaks

Maine labor laws require employers to allow employees who are nursing mothers to use paid break or meal time or provide adequate unpaid break time each day for the employees to express breast milk for up to three (3) years following childbirth. Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide clean rooms or other locations, other than bathrooms, where they employees may express breast milk in privacy. Employers may not discriminate against employees who choose to express breast milk in the workplace. ME Statute 26:604

Vacation Leave

Information about Maine vacation leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.

Sick Leave

Information about Maine sick leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.

Holiday Leave

Information about Maine holiday leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.

Jury Duty Leave

Information about Maine jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.

Voting Leave

Information about Maine voting leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.

Severance Pay

Maine labor laws do not generally require employers to provide employees with severance pay. Typically, if an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

However, if an employer closes or relocates an industrial or commercial facility that has employed 100 or more employees in the preceding 12 months, it must pay severance to each affect employee. The severance for each employee must be paid at a rate of one week’s pay for each year the employee was employed at the facility. ME Statute 26:625-B.


Under certain circumstances, Maine residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Maine State Unemployment Benefits.

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