State Wage Orders

Who must post a wage order?

In addition to the state’s labor and occupational safety and health laws, employers in some states are required to comply with state wage orders for particular industries.  Wage orders establish detailed standards related to wages, hours and working conditions of particular industries.  Wage orders often cover a variety of work-related matters.  The most common are:

  • Wage rates
  • Overtime qualifications
  • Maintenance of records
  • Reporting-time pay
  • Work breaks
  • Posting requirement

Because wage orders are usually more precise than the general labor laws, employers in covered industries should be aware of the elevated compliance responsibilities contained in the wage order.  Employers who violate the requirements of a state wage order face penalties and legal action.

California Wage Orders (“IWC”s)

In addition to the general Minimum Wage Order, all California employers are required to post an IWC Wage Order that pertains to their industry or occupation group.  The Wage Order must be posted in an area frequented by employees where it may be easily read during the workday. Labor Code §1183(d).

California has 17 IWC Wage Orders.  The “industry” wage orders include: IWC 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.  The “occupational” wage orders include: IWC 4, 14, 15, 16 and 17.  Employers should first determine whether they are covered by an industry wage order.  If the business is not covered by an industry wage order, then an occupational wage order will apply.  Employers who are unsure of which IWC applies should consult the Division of Labor Standard Enforcement’s (DLSE) publication, “Which IWC Order? Classifications”.   Alternatively, employers may refer to the alphabetical index of businesses and occupations. We are here to help so if you need guidance give us a call!

California IWCs

IWC OrderLanguages Available
Wage order #1 Manufacturing IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #2 Personal Services IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #3 Canning, Freezing, and Preserving IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #4 Professional, Technical, Clerical, Mechanical and Similar OccupationsEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #5 Public Housekeeping IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #6 Laundry, Linen Supply, Dry Cleaning and Dyeing IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #7 Mercantile IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #8 Industries Handling Products After HarvestEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #9 Transportation IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #10 Amusement and Recreation IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #11 Broadcasting IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #12 Motion Picture IndustryEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #13 Industries Preparing Agricultural Products for Market, on the FarmEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #14 Agricultural OccupationsEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #15 Household OccupationEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #16 Certain On-Site Occupations in the Construction, Drilling, Logging and Mining IndustriesEnglish/Spanish
Wage order #17 Miscellaneous EmployeesEnglish/Spanish


Wage Orders for other states


In the state of Connecticut, there are specific regulations covering the following industries:

  • Mercantile
  • Restaurant

Each employer subject to the provisions must post a wage order at the place of business where it can be read easily by the employees. (Connecticut General Statutes, Section 31-66)

IndustryLanguages Available
Mercantile IndustryEnglish
Restaurant and Hotel Occupations English/Spanish


New Jersey

Every employer subject to any order issued under the New Jersey Wage and Hour Law must keep any applicable wage order posted in a conspicuous and accessible place in or about the premises wherein any person subject thereto is employed. (NJSA 34:11-56a21)

IndustryLanguages Available
First Processing Farm Product OccupationsEnglish
Seasonal Amusement Occupations English
Hotel and Motel Occupations English
Food Service Occupations English
Mercantile Occupations English
Beauty Culture Occupations English
Laundry, Cleaning and Dyeing Occupations English


New York

In addition to the general minimum wage order, every New York employer must keep applicable wage orders – Building Services, Hospitality, Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations, and Agriculture – posted in a conspicuous place in his or her establishment. (12 NYCRR Ch. 2, Sub. B)

IndustryLanguages Available
Apparel Industry English
Building Service IndustryEnglish
Farm Workers English
Hospitality IndustryEnglish
Miscellaneous Industries English/Spanish