16 and 17 Years Old

Maximum Hours/Day

Maximum Hours/Week

Maximum Days/Week


School Day

Non-School Day

School Week

Non-School Week

School Week

Non-School Week

Prohibited Work Hours







11 pm (12:30 am before non-school day) to 7 am (5 am on non-school day during school week) v

Midnight to 5 am (for females only)

m In factory, mill, cannery or workshop.

n Students of 14 and 15 enrolled in approved work experience and career exploration programs may work during school hours up to 3 hours on a school day and 23 hours in a school week.

o New Jersey: 10-hour day, 6-day week allowed in agriculture.

p New Mexico: Limits apply only to those under 14.

q 8 hours on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or holiday.

r North Dakota: School day/week hours apply only if child is not exempted from school attendance.

s Oklahoma: 8 hours allowed on school days before nonschool day if employer not covered by FLSA.

t 8 hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

u Washington:16-and 17-year olds allowed to work 6 hours per school day and 28 hours per school week with special variance agreed to by parent, employer, school, and student.

v Wisconsin has no limit during non-school week on a daily hour or nightwork for 16-and 17-year olds. However, they must be paid time and one half for work in excess of 10 hours per day or 40 hours per week, whichever is greater. Also, 8 hours rest is required between end of work and start of work the next day, and any work between 12:30 a.m and 5 am must be directly supervised by an adult.

SOURCE: Data from Division of External Affairs, Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

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