New 2020 Exempt Classification Rates

computer professional exempt rates
Computer professionals must meet all legal requirements to be considered exempt.

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced rate changes for the computer software employee exemption and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption. The new rates take effect January 1, 2020.

For the computer software employees’ exemption:

  • The minimum hourly rate of pay exemption increased to $46.55 from its previous rate of $45.41;
  • The minimum monthly salary increased to $8,080.71 from its previous rate of $7,883.62; and
  • The minimum annual salary exemption increased to $96,968.33 from its previous rate of $94,603.25.

For the licensed physician and surgeon exemption:

  • The minimum hourly pay for licensed physicians and surgeons increased to $84.79 from $82.72.

These rates are tied to the California Consumer Price Index (CCPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. The 2020 rate changes reflect the 2.5 percent increase in the CCPI.

Remember that California’s minimum wage will also increase on January 1, 2020 — this increase will affect the commonly used professional, executive and administrative exemptions. Individuals in these classifications must be paid at least two times the state minimum wage, in addition to meeting all other legal requirements for this exemption.

Katie Culliton, Editor, CalChamber

CalChamber members can read more on the Computer Professional Exemption and the “Exemption for Physicians Paid on an Hourly Basis” on the Professional Exemption pages in the HR Library. Not a CalChamber member? See how CalChamber can help you.

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