Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

American Samoa

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

American Samoa

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

United States Dollar
Pago Pago
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

American Samoa

with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in

American Samoa

, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in

American Samoa

effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global employment solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

03. Summary

American Samoa is an unincorporated area of the United States situated southeast of Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean. Its geographic coordinates are 14.3°S 170.7°W / -14.3; -170.7. It is located east of the International Date Line, while Samoa is located west of it. American Samoa is the United States' southernmost territory, covering 199 square kilometers, slightly more than Washington, D.C. It is one of two US territories south of the Equator, along with the uninhabited Jarvis Island. The main exports are tuna products, and the rest of the United States is the main trading partner. Five key islands and two coral atolls make up American Samoa. Tutuila is the largest and most populous island in the territory, which also includes the Manua Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island. All of the islands in the Samoan Islands, with the exception of Swains Island, are located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and about 300 miles south of Tokelau. The Wallis and Futuna Islands are located to the west. The population of American Samoa is projected to be 46,366 people in 2021. The majority of American Samoans are bilingual, speaking both English and Samoan fluently. Since 1983, American Samoa has been a member of the Pacific Community. American Samoa is known for having the highest military enlistment rate in any state or territory in the United States. The local U.S. currency as of September 9, 2014 was the dollar. Out of the 885 Army recruiting stations and centers under the United States Army Recruiting Command, the Army recruiting station in Pago Pago was ranked first in efficiency.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Public holidays

Sick days

Maternity leave

Paternity leave

Parental leave

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Notice period

Severance pay

Probation period

07. Working hours



08. Minimum wage


09. Employee benefits


Every employer is required to select a private carrier and acquire accident compensation insurance. The employer is required to deduct 5% of each employee's salary and equal that payment to social security. If the employer asks it, a higher proportion of the pay may be withheld in order to make a larger contribution.

Employees may be eligible to receive social security money for old-age pensions, senior citizen benefits, disability pensions, survivor's pensions, and death benefits.

While there are no monetary advantages for workers on sick or maternity leave, they may be eligible for free medical treatment at government health facilities. Various hospital and medical services are included in the senior citizen benefit plan and work injury program.

There are no mandatory perks, but many companies utilize them to motivate employees and reward them for their efforts. You have the option of providing extra advantages at your discretion.

10. Why Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO?

Establishing an entity in

American Samoa

to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in

American Samoa

has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into

American Samoa

simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in

American Samoa

give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in

American Samoa

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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