Table 3

Poverty rate and twice-poverty rate in occupations that would be affected by increasing the overtime threshold, 2012

Poverty rate Twice-poverty rate
Weakly affected occupations (occupations where less than 25% would be automatically covered  if threshold were raised to $984) 0.4% 2.3%
Mid-range occupations (occupations where 25–50% would be automatically covered  if threshold were raised to $984) 1.2% 5.7%
Strongly affected occupations (occupations where at least 50% would be automatically covered by OT protections if threshold were raised to $984) 2.3% 14.4%
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers 4.9% 25.2%
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 1.7% 13.3%
Customer service representatives 4.6% 21.0%
Food service managers 4.9% 24.5%
Miscellaneous legal support workers 2.1% 9.0%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers 0.7% 8.1%
Social workers 0.6% 7.8%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers 1.9% 16.1%
Insurance sales agents 0.4% 9.4%
Counselors 0.7% 10.4%
Other 1.9% 11.1%
All full-time salaried workers in supervisory/managerial/professional occupations 1.2% 6.9%

Note: Calculations use only data on full-time salaried (i.e., nonhourly) workers in supervisory/managerial/professional occupations. To isolate supervisory/managerial/professional occupations, we use only occupations where the share of workers who are exempt from the overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act based on the duties of the occupation is at least 10%–50%, according to U.S. Department of Labor codes. For reference, in 2013 the poverty threshold for a family of four was $23,836, and the twice-poverty threshold was $47,672.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement

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