Mississippi – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave

Minimum Wage

Mississippi has not established a minimum wage rate.

For more information on Mississippi’s minimum wage laws, visit our Mississippi 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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Mississippi labor laws do not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

Prevailing Wages

Mississippi does not have a prevailing wage law that governs wage rates on government project or service contracts.

Under certain circumstances, employers in Mississippi may be required to pay residents wage rates established by federal prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the federal and state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain government services. See the 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

Mississippi labor laws do not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees, thus the federal rule applies. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually thirty (30) minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.

Nursing Mother Breaks

Mississippi labor laws prohibit employers from preventing employees who are nursing mothers to express milk during any meal or rest break provided by the employers to the nursing mother employees either specifically for expressing breast milk or for general meal and/or break purposes. Employees are not required to provide employees who are nursing mothers breaks to express breast milk if they do not provide breaks either specifically to express milk or for general milk and/or break purposes. MS Statute 71-1-55

Vacation Leave

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

Sick Leave

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

Holiday Leave

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

Jury Duty Leave

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

Voting Leave

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

Severance Pay

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


Under certain circumstances, Mississippi 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 Mississippi State Unemployment Benefits.

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