Arizona Minimum Wage Laws Arizona Minimum Wage for 2020, 2021

2021 Hourly Minimum Wage
$12.15 / hour
Weekly Minimum Wage1
$486.00 / 40-hr week
Yearly Minimum Wage2
$25,272.00 / year

Arizona's state minimum wage rate is $12.15 per hour. This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. You are entitled to be paid the higher state minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Arizona, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.

The Arizona minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $5.25 from $6.90 to $12.15. Arizona's minimum wage rate is linked to a Consumer Price Index, which is intended to raise the rate along with inflation. The current minimum wage rate is re-evaluated yearly based on these values.

Arizona's current minimum wage is $12.15. The tipped wage is $9.15 per hour. Arizona's minimum wage rate is increased annually on January 1 based upon based on the previous year’s cost of living increase as defined by Arizona Proposition 202. The most recent resolution, signed on October 15, 2015 is based on A.R.S. section 23-363(B) and was initially put into effect on Jan 1, 2008. Arizona's minimum wage was last raised by 15 cents in January 2015. LOCAL MINIMUM WAGES IN Arizona
In recent years many cities and municipalities across the country have established their own minimum wage rates. Here is a list of the current rates:

  • Flagstaff: $15.00 Tipped wage is $12.00.
  • On January 1, 2021, the hourly minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour OR to $2.00 above the State of Arizona’s hourly minimum wage, whichever is greater, with an additional increase on January 1, 2022 to $15.50 per hour OR to $2.00 above the State of Arizona’s hourly minimum wage.

    The Arizona Minimum Wage has several exemptions allowing certain employees to be paid under the Arizona minimum wage

    • Casual domestic employees (like babysitters) and people employed by their parents or siblings are exempt from the minimum wage
    • Anyone employed by the Arizona or Federal government is exempt from the minimum wage. Notably, this exempts students who work for their universities (which are classified as government institutions)
    • Businesses grossing under $500,000 a year may pay employees under the minimum wage, provided the business is not covered by the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act). Since most small businesses are covered by FLSA, this is a very limited exemption.

    For information about tipped employee wages, click here.

    Arizona employers may not pay you under $12.15 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.

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    All Arizona employers must display an approved Arizona minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Arizona labor law.

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    Arizona Labor Law Posters Arizona Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters

    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Arizona labor law requires all employers in Arizona to visibly display an approved Arizona minimum wage poster, and other Arizona and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Arizona labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Arizona labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.

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    Arizona Overtime Minimum Wage Arizona Overtime Minimum Wage

    AZ Overtime Wage
    $18.23 / hour
    Daily Cutoff for Overtime
    Weekly Cutoff for Overtime
    40 hours/week

    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 Arizona overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Arizona law does not specify a daily overtime limit).

    The FLSA guarantees all AZ employees adequate overtime compensation for all qualifying overtime hours worked. If your employer does not pay adequate overtime wages, you can file an unpaid overtime claim with the Arizona Department of Labor.

    Arizona Minimum Wage Exemptions Arizona Minimum Wage Exemptions

    In addition to any Arizona-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 Arizona minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:

    • Arizona Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Arizona 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.
    • Arizona Student Minimum Wage - $10.33 - Full-time high school or college students who work part-time may be paid 85% of the Arizona minimum wage (as little as $10.33 per hour) for up to 20 hours of work per week at certain employers (such as work-study programs at universities).
    • Arizona Tipped Minimum Wage - See Here - Employees who earn a certain amount of tips every month may be paid a lower cash minimum wage, but must earn at least $12.15 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Arizona tipped minimum wage.

    Arizona Local City / County Minimum Wage Rates Local Minimum Wage Rates in Arizona

    While Arizona's state minimum wage is $12.15 per hour, there are localities that have set their own, higher minimum wages that apply to some or all employees within their jurisdictions. The following is a table of all Arizona localities with established minimum wage laws.

    Locality Applies To Minimum Wage Comparison to State
    Flagstaff All employees $15.00 +$2.85

    Arizona Minimum Wage Exemptions Frequently Asked Questions - Arizona Minimum Wage & Labor Law

    What is the Arizona minimum wage?

    The current Arizona minimum wage of $12.15 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Arizona can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Arizona waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.[1]

    How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin Arizona?

    A full time minimum wage worker in Arizona working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $97.20 per day, $486.00 per week, and $25,272.00 per year1. The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $16,020.00 per year.

    What is the Arizona under 18 minimum wage?

    Arizona 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 Arizona may exist.

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    1 These earnings estimates do not account for the Arizona income tax External Link, federal income tax, or local/municipal income taxes.
    2 Poverty line for a family of two in the lower 48 published 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services External Link

    Labor Law Footnotes, Sources & Citations:

    1. The weekly earnings estimate of $486.00 is based on a standard 40-hour workweek
    2. The yearly earnings estimate of $25,272.00 is based on 52 standard 40-hour work weeks. Since most hourly employees don't work full time and/or take time off, actual yearly earnings will likely be lower.

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