Lexington, Kentucky Local Minimum Wage for 2017, 2018
While Kentucky's state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, Lexington has set its own, higher minimum wage rate that applies to employees of all companies who work within Lexington. A minimum wage increase is currently scheduled in Lexington, but until the effective date of TBD the state minimum wage rate of $7.25 will apply.
In October 2016, Kentucky's state high court declared the city’s minimum wage ordinance "invalid and unenforceable", returning the city's minimum wage to $7.25.:
Because Lexington has a higher minimum wage rate than the one set by Kentucky or the Federal government, the higher local minimum wage rate takes precedence and must be paid to all employees covered by the local minimum wage regulation.
Keep in mind that Kentucky and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act both define various minimum wage exemptions and other labor laws that may apply to employees in Lexington. You can find more information about Kentucky's minimum wage and labor laws on this site.
Other Local Minimum Wage Rates in Kentucky
In addition to Lexington, there are other localities in Kentucky that have passed municipal minimum wage legislation. The following is a table of other Kentucky localities with established minimum wage laws.
|Locality||Applies To||Minimum Wage||Comparison to State|
|Louisville||In October 2016, Kentucky's state high court declared the city’s minimum wage ordinance "invalid and unenforceable", returning the city's minimum wage to $7.25.||$7.25||Same|