Overtime Pay

If you work more than 40 hours a week, more than 8 hours a day, or 7 days in a row, you may be entitled to overtime pay for that additional work. Employees paid by a salary, by an hourly wage, and by piecework may all be entitled to overtime pay. This Fact Sheet describes whether you are entitled to overtime, how you should calculate your overtime pay, and how to collect that overtime if you have not been paid correctly.

For further information about your employment rights, contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic.


This Fact Sheet is intended to provide accurate, general information regarding legal rights relating to employment in California. Yet because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center cannot ensure the information in this Fact Sheet is current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights in your particular situation.