Salaried workers directly benefiting from the increase in the overtime salary threshold, by major occupation, 2015

Total salaried workers* Directly benefiting salaried workers** Share of industry’s salaried workers that are directly benefiting Industry’s share of directly benefiting workers Industry’s share of total salaried workforce
(A) (B) (C)=(B/A) (D)=(Bx/B1) (E)=(Ax/A1)
All (1) 53,717,000 12,502,000 23.3% 100.0% 100.0%
Management, business, and financial occupations 14,167,000 2,549,000 18.0% 20.4% 26.4%
Professional and related occupations 19,690,000 2,353,000 12.0% 18.8% 36.7%
Services occupations 4,199,000 1,595,000 38.0% 12.8% 7.8%
Sales and related occupations 5,281,000 1,627,000 30.8% 13.0% 9.8%
Office and administrative support occupations 4,987,000 2,294,000 46.0% 18.3% 9.3%
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations 243,000 98,000 40.2% 0.8% 0.5%
Construction and extraction occupations 1,426,000 554,000 38.9% 4.4% 2.7%
Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations 1,073,000 403,000 37.6% 3.2% 2.0%
Production occupations 1,315,000 489,000 37.1% 3.9% 2.4%
Transportation and material moving occupations 1,337,000 540,000 40.4% 4.3% 2.5%

* The sample reflects salaried (nonhourly) workers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This excludes certain groups of workers such as the self-employed, most federal workers, religious workers, many agricultural workers, and many transportation workers.

** Directly benefiting salaried workers are those who will newly be guaranteed overtime protection by virtue of their salary alone under the higher overtime threshold, i.e., they make at least $455 a week (the old threshold) but less than $913 a week (the new threshold in 2015 dollars). This includes workers who are newly eligible (they were excluded from automatic overtime protection because they were classified, in some cases incorrectly, as executive, administrative, and professional or "EAP" employees); and workers whose rights are strengthened (they were at risk of being classified as EAP employees).

Note: Subtotals may not add up to total due to rounding. The estimates consider all the workers who directly benefit from the federal salary threshold increase alone, and do not include a subset of salaried California and New York workers already covered by state thresholds higher than the old federal threshold.

Source: EPI analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor's proposed (July 6, 2015) and final (May 18, 2016) rule, "Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees," 29 CFR Part 541; and Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata, 2015

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