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Payment of Wages: South Carolina

Payment of Wages requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Vicki M. Lambert, The Payroll Advisor


  • All South Carolina employers must pay employees' wages in cash, or by negotiable check or warrant showing the pay date. Direct deposit is permitted if certain conditions are met. Civil penalties are imposed on employers that fail to pay wages as required by law. See Wage Payment Methods.
  • South Carolina law requires most employers to notify each employee in writing, at the time they are hired, of the time and place of payment and to pay all wages due at the time and place designated. Penalties are imposed for noncompliance. See Pay Frequency.
  • South Carolina employers may not make deductions from employees' wages unless they are required by law or the employer has notified the employee about them in writing. See Permitted and Prohibited Wage Deductions.
  • Most employers must provide each employee with an itemized statement for each pay period showing the employee's gross pay and any deductions made. See Pay Statement Requirements.
  • Terminated employees must be paid all wages due within 48 hours of the day of termination, or on the next regularly scheduled payday, but no longer than 30 days after termination. See Termination Pay.
  • Employers that are holding wages that have been unclaimed by an employee for at least one year are required to notify the affected employee, and file a report with, and remit the unclaimed amount to, the state Treasury Department within a certain annual time period. Penalties are imposed for noncompliance. See Unclaimed Wages.