Oklahoma – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave

Minimum Wage

Oklahoma’s current minimum wage is $7.25.

For more information on Oklahoma’s minimum wage laws, visit our Oklahoma 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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Oklahoma labor laws do not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. OK Dept. of Labor Wage Law FAQ. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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

Oklahoma labor laws require employers to provide employees under the age of sixteen (16) a 30-minute rest period when scheduled to work more than five (5) consecutive hours. Moreover, employers must provide employees under sixteen (16) years of age a one (1) hour cumulative rest period for each eight (8) consecutive hours worked. OK Statute 40-3-75.

Oklahoma does not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees sixteen (16) years of age or older, thus the federal rule applies. OK Dept. of Labor Wage Law FAQ 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

Oklahoma labor laws permit, but do not require, employers to allow employees who are nursing mothers to take unpaid break time to express breast milk. Employees may be allowed to take nursing mother breaks concurrently with other paid or unpaid breaks offered by the employer. OK Statute 40-10-435

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires certain employees to provide nonexempt nursing mothers for one (1) year following a child’s birth with reasonable rest breaks to express milk and private spaces, other than a bathroom, to express breast milk.

Vacation Leave

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

Sick Leave

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

Holiday Leave

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

Jury Duty Leave

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

Voting Leave

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

Severance Pay

Oklahoma 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, Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma State Unemployment Benefits.

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