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34 Pa. Code § 231.84. Professional.

§ 231.84. Professional.

 (Editor’s Note: Under section 2215.1 of the Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  575.1), §  231.84 is abrogated.)

 Employment in a bona fide professional capacity means work by an individual:

   (1)  Whose primary duty is the performance of work requiring either of the following:

     (i)   Knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized instruction and study.

     (ii)   Invention, imagination, originality or talent in a recognized field of artistic or creative endeavor.

   (2)  Who is compensated for services on a salary or fee basis at a rate of not less than:

     (i)   $684 per week exclusive of board, lodging or other facilities, effective October 3, 2020.

     (ii)   $780 per week exclusive of board, lodging or other facilities, effective October 3, 2021.

     (iii)   $875 per week exclusive of board, lodging or other facilities, effective October 3, 2022.

     (iv)   Effective October 3, 2023 and each 3rd year thereafter, at a rate equal to the weighted average 10th percentile wages for Pennsylvania workers who work in exempt executive, administrative or professional classifications as determined by the Department with advice and consultation by the Minimum Wage Advisory Board and based on an annual wage survey of all worker classifications conducted by the Department.

       (A)   At least 90 days prior to the effective date of each 3-year period in subparagraph (iv), the Department will submit to the Minimum Wage Advisory Board, the adjusted weekly salary rate under subparagraph (iv) and the information supporting the adjusted salary rate.

       (B)   Upon review of the information submitted by the Department and a meeting to be held no later than 60 days before the effective date, the Minimum Wage Advisory Board may provide advice and consultation to the secretary regarding the weekly salary rate.

       (C)   At least 30 days prior to the effective date of each 3-year period, the Department will publish this figure on its web site and in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   (3)  Up to 10% of the salary or fee amount required under paragraph (2) may be satisfied by the payment of nondiscretionary bonuses, incentives and commissions that are paid yearly or more frequently. The employer may use any 52-week period as the year, such as a calendar year, fiscal year or anniversary of hire year. if the employer does not identify some other year period in advance, the calendar year will apply. If by the last pay period of the year the sum of the employee’s weekly salary plus nondiscretionary bonus, incentive and commission payments received does not equal 52 times the weekly salary amount required by this section, the employer may make 1 final payment sufficient to achieve the required level no later than the next pay period after the end of the year. A final payment made after the end of the year may count only toward the prior year’s salary amount and not toward the salary amount in the year it was paid.


   The provisions of this §  231.84 amended under sections 5(a)(5) and 9 of The Minimum Wage Act of 1968 (43 P.S. § §  333.105(a)(5) and 333.109).


   The provisions of this §  231.84 amended October 2, 2020, effective October 3, 2020, 50 Pa.B. 5459. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (368164).

Cross References

   This section cited in 34 Pa. Code §  231.81 (relating to definitions).

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