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Frequently Asked Questions

For Exempt Employees: Exempt employees are salaried employees and are not eligible for overtime compensation. However, the Director of Human Resources may in some cases approve additional compensation for exempt employees.

For Non-Exempt Employees: Non-exempt employees will be compensated for any overtime worked when such compensation is required by law.

Overtime Pay: Generally, overtime is any time worked in excess of forty (40) hours in a week. However, a Department Director may utilize any overtime standard permitted by law if the Director of Human Resources has approved it. Employees will not be permitted to donate work time to the City. Overtime will be paid at one and one-half (1.5) times the employee’s regular rate of pay.

Compensatory Time Off: A Department Director may choose to use compensatory time off in lieu of cash payment for some or all of the department’s employees. Before the overtime is worked, employees must be informed that they will be compensated with compensatory time off rather than cash. Compensatory time shall be credited at the rate of one and one-half (1.5) hours for each hour of overtime worked. Any additional overtime will be paid in cash. An employee who requests the use of accrued compensatory time shall be permitted to take such leave within a reasonable period after making the request, unless the employee's absence would unduly disrupt the operations of the department.

*Overtime Pay works in compliance with Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements. For more information on FLSA, please visit the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Overview web site.

It is a gathered sample of data regarding fixed compensation for services that are paid to a person on a regular basis.

Service Incentive Pay is a benefit for regular, non-Civil Service employees who have completed at least five (5) years of continuous service with the City of Austin.

Pay for Performance is a pay strategy developed by the City of Austin to reward employees who meet or exceed job expectations. Pay for Performance is based on the Success Strategy Performance Review (SSPR), a tool that tells employees how well they are doing in their jobs. SSPR evaluation results determine who is eligible for pay increases under the program, when funds are approved by City Council.

For Regular Employees: $15.00 per hour, effective September 2018.

For Temporary Employees: $13.84 per hour. Will increase to $15.00 per hour, effective February 2019.

These are the result of a City Council decision to increase the Living Wage for the City of Austin. This wage applies to regular and temporary city employees. The federal minimum wage increased to $7.25 per hour, effective July 24, 2009. For more information, please refer to the Department of Labor's Wage and Overtime Pay web page.

The formula for employees with five (5) to seven (7) years of continuous service is:
Completed years of uninterrupted service (maximum of 7)  x  0.0025  x  hourly rate  x  hours worked per week (e.g., 40)  x  52 (weeks of the year)  =  amount OR $500, whichever is less.
 

The formula for employees with seven (7) to fifteen (15) years of continuous service is:
Completed years of uninterrupted service (maximum of 15)  x  0.0025  x  hourly rate  x  hours worked per week (e.g., 40)  x  52 (weeks of the year)  =  amount OR $1000, whichever is less.
 

The formula for employees with more than fifteen (15) years of continuous service is:
Completed years of uninterrupted service  x  0.0025  x  hourly rate  x  hours worked per week (e.g., 40)  x  52 (weeks of the year)  =  amount OR $1500, whichever is less.

To find out who your Human Resources Compensation Consultant is for your specific department, please call 512-974-3292 or email Compensation.