The minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for most employees in Wisconsin, with exceptions for tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.
Wisconsin's minimum wage is tied to the Federal Minimum Wage rate. A special minimum wage of $5.90 per hour ($2.13 per hour for tipped employees) is applicable to "Opportunity Employees" under 20 years old who have worked for less then 90 days with their current employer.
Unlike many other states, Wisconsin sets specific minimum pay rates for several occupations that are exempt from the regular minimum wage.
All Wisconsin agricultural and farm employees, who are usually exempt from the minimum wage, are guaranteed the full minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
A special minimum wage exists for golf caddies (who are completely exempt in most other states), of $5.90 per 9 holes and $10.50 for 18 holes.
Minimum pay rates for camp counselors (including minors) are $210 per week with board & lodging, $265 per week with board only, and $350 per week with no board or lodging provided.
The price of meals and lodging provided by an employer can be legally deducted from an employee's pay (up to $4.15 per meal or $8.30 per day's lodging), with special limits for "opportunity employees" and farm workers.
Wisconsin employers may not pay you under $7.25 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and promised to raise the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 via executive order. Obama previously called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 per hour in his 2013 State of the Union. However, due to partisan stall in Congress, it is unlikely that the federal minimum wage will be raised from $7.25 in the near future.
All Wisconsin employers must display an approved Wisconsin minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Wisconsin labor law.
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Wisconsin Minimum Wage & Labor Law Compliance Posters
Notification: Mandatory Labor Law Poster Updates
Twenty states have new minimum wages as of January 2015. All employers in these states must display updated labor law posters with the new minimum wage rate.
Professional Wisconsin Labor Law Posters - Updated for 2015
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Wisconsin labor law requires all employers in Wisconsin to visibly display an approved Wisconsin minimum wage poster, and other Wisconsin and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Wisconsin labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Wisconsin labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
All workers who put in over 40 weekly hours are entitled to a minimum wage of at least 1.5 times the regular applicable minimum wage (learn more about overtime pay in Wisconsin). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Wisconsin does not have a daily overtime limit).
In addition to any Wisconsin-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers. You may be paid under the Wisconsin minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
Wisconsin Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Wisconsin to pay a new employee who is under 20 years of age a training wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.
Wisconsin Student Minimum Wage - $6.16 - Full-time high school or college students who work part-time may be paid 85% of the Wisconsin minimum wage (as little as $6.16 per hour)
for up to 20 hours of work at certain employers.
Wisconsin Tipped Minimum Wage - $2.33 - Employees who earn a certain amount of tips every month may be paid a special cash minimum wage, but must earn at least $7.25 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Wisconsin tipped wage.
Frequently Asked Questions - Wisconsin Minimum Wage & Labor Law
The current Wisconsin minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Wisconsin can legally be paid for hourly work.
Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Wisconsin waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
How much will I earn working a minimum wage job in Wisconsin?
A full time minimum wage worker in Wisconsin working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $58.00 per day,
$290.00 per week, and $15,080.00 per year1.
The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $14,570 per year.
What is the Wisconsin under 18 minimum wage?
Wisconsin employers may pay 18 year olds and minors the youth minimum wage of $4.25 for the first 90 days of employment. Other labor law exemptions for minors in Wisconsin may exist.
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1 These estimates do not account for the Wisconsin income tax , federal income tax, or local/municipal income taxes.