North Carolina Minimum Wage Law

The minimum wage rate in North Carolina is $5.15 per hour.

All employees are covered by North Carolina's minimum wage law, with the following exemptions: (1) agricultural employees; (2) domestics, including babysitters and companions; (3) pages in the state general assembly or governor's office; (4) persons confined in and working for any penal, correctional or mental institution of the State or a local government; (5) models, actors or performers in motion pictures or theatrical, radio or television productions; (6) persons employed by an outdoor drama in a production role, including lighting, costumes, properties and special effects; (7) any employee of a summer youth camp or of a seasonal religious or nonprofit educational conference center; (8) persons employed in catching, processing or first sale of seafood; (9) persons employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, professional or outside sales capacity; (10) persons employed in an enterprise engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce as defined in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act; (11) volunteers in medical, educational, religious or nonprofit organizations; (12) immediate family or dependents of an employer; (13) seasonal recreation program employees; (14) any person while participating in a ridesharing arrangement; and (15) computer systems analysts, computer programmers, software engineers, or other similarly skilled workers.