Utah Minimum Wage for 2016, 2017
Utah's state minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. This is the same as the current Federal Minimum Wage rate. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Utah, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.†
The Utah minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $0.70 from $6.55 to $7.25. Utah'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.
Utah does not have a state-specific minimum wage, and adopts the current Federal Minimum Wage by reference. Utah allows a training minimum wage of $4.25 per hour to be paid to minor employees for their first 90 days of employment.
Utah allows a special tipped minimum wage to be paid to any tipped employees earning over $30 a month in tips, with the exception of chefs, janitors, and dishwashers.
Utah 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.
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All Utah employers must display an approved Utah minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Utah labor law.
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Utah Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Utah labor law requires all employers in Utah to visibly display an approved Utah minimum wage poster, and other Utah and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Utah labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Utah labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
The Utah minimum wage poster, and additional required Utah labor law posters, are also available on the Utah labor law posters download page.
Utah Overtime Minimum Wage
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 Utah overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Utah law does not specify a daily overtime limit).
The FLSA guarantees all UT 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 Utah Department of Labor.
Utah Minimum Wage Exemptions
In addition to any Utah-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 Utah minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Utah Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Utah 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.
- Utah 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 $7.25 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Utah tipped minimum wage.
Frequently Asked Questions - Utah Minimum Wage & Labor Law
- What is the Utah minimum wage?
The current Utah minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Utah can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Utah waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
- How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin Utah?
A full time minimum wage worker in Utah 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 $16,020.00 per year.
- What is the Utah under 18 minimum wage?
Utah 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 Utah may exist.
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1 These earnings estimates do not account for the Utah income tax , 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