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Tennessee Payroll Tax and Labor Laws

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Click HERE to obtain State Unemployment Tax ID  

Tennessee Wage and Hour Laws 

Minimum Wage 

There is no state-mandated minimum wage law in Tennessee. Employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must follow the federal minimum wage standard of $7.25 per hour.  


There is no state-mandated overtime law in Tennessee for private employers. Covered employers in Tennessee must follow the federal overtime laws as prescribed in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  

Pay Frequency 

Tennessee wage laws require employers to pay employee wages no less frequently than once per month. For those employers paying wages once per month, wages are due to employees no later than the 5th day of the succeeding month.   

If an employer pays wages in two or more pay periods per month:  

  • Wages earned prior to the 1st day of the month shall be due no later than the 20th day of the following month; and  
  • Wages earned prior to the 16th day of the month shall be due no later than the 5th day of the following month.  

For more information on Tennessee’s labor laws, please click HERE.  

Tennessee Unemployment

Taxable Wage Base ($000s):                                              7,000  

New Employer Rate (% Taxable Wages)       2.7-  5.0%  (Rates vary by industry)  

Employee Tax Rate (% Taxable Wages)                        None  

Tennessee Income Tax Withholding 

Tennessee does not require state income tax withholding. 

Tennessee State Resources 

Tennessee Department of Revenue 

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development 

Tennessee Unemployment Department 

Tennessee SUI Rate 



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Revised 3/2023