How to Use Time and a Half Calculator

Enter your standard ( normal) pay per hour.

Enter the amount of overtime hours worked

You can enter what you are paid for each overtime hour, the default is 1.5 (time and a half).

Press Calculate.

Time and a Half Calculator

How to calculate time and a half

Time and a half Formula: Overtime Hours x (Hourly Wage x 1.5)

First, determine your regular wage. This does not include any overtime pay, vacation pay, public holiday pay, premium pay, personal emergency leave pay, domestic or sexual violence pay, termination pay or severance pay payable to an employee.

You can determine your regular wage by dividing your total earnings (pre-tax) from the hours you worked during that pay period.

Once you have determined your standard rate, multiply it by 1.5. For example, if $10 is your standard rate, your time and a half rate is: $10 x 1.5 = $15 per hour.

Next, multiply your time and a half rate by the number of overtime hours worked. For example, you worked 48 hours this week, so your total pay is 40 hours X $10 = $400 + your overtime pay: (8 hours x $15 = $120). Your total earning for the week is $520.

Time and a half examples
Standard hourly pay Time and a half hourly pay Overtime Hours Worked Overtime Pay

Definition:Time and a half is a common term in reference to the payment for an employee, in addition to their regular wage for hours worked in excess of 8 hours in a day, or 40 hours in a week and/or for the first 8 hours on the seventh day worked in a week. For each hour worked in the time and a half window, the employee is paid their regular wage plus one and a half for their time.

In United States, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed by Congress since 1938 to regulate overtime, minimum wage and childcare laws. In Canada, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) includes national and international unions, as well as the provincial and territorial federations of labor to protect our workers in the same manner. Unless your business/employer is otherwise exempt, they are required by the Employee Standards Act (ESA) to provide public holiday pay to employees.

If a public holiday day lands on a day off, typically employees will give the employee a choice of a substitute holiday. Commonly, a holiday landing on the weekend will be observed as a day off on the Friday before, or the Monday after. An employee may also come to an agreement with their employer to work a public holiday and be paid:

  1. Their regular wage, plus time a half for hours worked on the holiday and not receive an additional substitute holiday
  2. Or
  3. Their regular wage without time and a half for hours worked on the holiday and receive a substitute holiday where they are paid public holiday pay

Double pay is also a rate applicable for employees to be paid at double their regular wage in cases where they work in excess of 12 hours in a day and over 8 hours on the seventh day of work in a week. This is at the discretion of the employer and is not required by law.

Please note that there are differences for employees regulated federally, provincially, working part time or in the private sector in Canada. The same is said for employees working under different state regulations in United States.