Rate of Pay for Young Workers
A minor is entitled to a minimum wage in the following industries:
- Food service (restaurant)
- Beauty culture
- Light manufacturing apparel
- First processing of farm products
Certain places are not required to pay minimum wage. Some examples are nursing homes, boardwalk and other seasonal amusements, summer camps, professional offices, and libraries. However, jobs related to food service in any of those places must pay the minimum wage. For example, an office worker in a nursing home can be paid less than the minimum wage, however, a dining room waitress in the nursing home must be paid minimum wage.
The current minimum wage rate in New Jersey is $8.38 per hour. Effective January 1, 2017 the minimum wage rate will increase to $8.44 an hour.
Where tips are part of the pay, the sum of cash wages plus tips earned in a week, and meal credits (where meals are provided), divided by hours worked during the same week, must amount to at least minimum wage.
Minors may not work more than 40 hours per week.