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FLSA Exemption Status Information

The content below summarizes information related to exemption status covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act. For official information, please visit the Department of Labor's website.

In addition to the summary information provided below, click here to download the "Determining FLSA Exemption" flowchart.


For an employee to be considered to be exempt, the employee must be compensated on a salary basis (as defined in the regulations) at a rate not less than $455 per week. Salary is not pro-rated by FTE.

Executive Exemption

  • The employee's primary duty must be managing the enterprise, or managing a customarily recognized department or subdivision of the enterprise;
  • The employee must customarily and regularly direct the work of at least two or more other full-time employees or their equivalent; and
  • The employee must have the authority to hire or fire other employees, or the employee's suggestions and recommendations as to the hiring, firing, advancement, promotion or any other change of status of other employees must be given particular weight.

Administrative Exemption

  • The employee's primary function must be to perform office or non-manual work that is directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or the employer's customers; and
  • The employee's primary duty includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.

Learned or Creative Professional

  • The employee's primary duty must be to perform work requiring advanced knowledge, defined as work which is predominantly intellectual in character and which requires the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment;
  • The advanced knowledge must be in a field of science or learning, such as law, medicine, nursing, accounting, actuarial computation, engineering, education, and various types of physical, chemical, and biological sciences; and
  • The advanced knowledge must be customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.
  • The employee's primary duty must be to perform work requiring invention, imagination, originality or talent in a recognized field of artistic or creative endeavor, such as music, writing, acting, and the graphic arts.

Computer Professional Exemption:

  • The employee must be compensated either on a salary or fee basis (as defined in the regulations) at a rate not less than $455 per week or, if compensated on an hourly basis, at a rate not less than $27.63 an hour;
  • The employee must be employed as a computer systems analyst, computer programmer, software engineer, or other similarly skilled worker in the computer field; and,
  • The employee's primary duty must consist of:
  • The application of systems analysis techniques and procedures, including consulting with users, to determine hardware, software or system functional specifications;
  • The design, development, documentation, analysis, creation, testing or modification of computer systems or programs, including prototypes, based on and related to user or system design specifications;
  • The design, documentation, testing, creation, or modification of computer programs related to machine operating systems; or
  • A combination of the aforementioned duties, the performance of which requires the same level of skills.

Highly Compensated Employees

  • Employees performing office or non-manual work and who are paid total annual compensation of $100,000 or more (which must include at least $455 per week paid on a salary or fee basis) are exempt from FLSA overtime regulations if they customarily and regularly perform at least one of the duties of an exempt executive, administrative, or learned or creative professional employee identified in the standard tests for exemption.

Outside Sales Exemption

To qualify for the outside sales employee exemption, all of the following tests must be met:
  • The employee's primary duty must be making sales (as defined in the FLSA), or obtaining orders or contracts for services or for the use of facilities for which a consideration will be paid by the client or customer; and
  • The employee must be customarily and regularly engaged away from the employer's place or places of business.