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Semimonthly Salary Pay

Reference Number: MTAS-2093
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: July 26, 2017
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Computing Regular Rate of Pay - Semimonthly Salary Pay
The regular rate for an employee paid a semi-monthly salary is computed by breaking the salary into weekly portions. Thus, the salary is multiplied by 24 (the number of semi-monthly periods in the year) and divided by 52 (the number of weeks in a year). To find the regular rate, divide the weekly salary by the number of hours in a workweek. 29 C.F.R. § 778.113(b).

Example:
If an employee earns $600 semi-monthly and works 40 hours per week, the employee’s regular rate is $6.92: ($600 X 24)/52 = $276.92 weekly rate; $275.92/40 = $6.92 hourly rate.

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