Vermont Minimum Wage for 2016, 2017
Vermont's state minimum wage rate is $10.00 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 Vermont, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.†
The Vermont minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $2.32 from $7.68 to $10.00. Vermont's minimum wage rate is linked to a Customer 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.
Vermont’s current minimum wage is $9.60 per hour with future increases to the minimum wage in January 2017 to $10.00 and January 2018 to $10.50 per hour. Vermont’s Tipped minimum wage is currently $4.80 an hour with future increases to $5.00 an hour in January 2017 and $5.25 an hour effective January 2018. Vermont's minimum wage has been raised yearly since 2005 based on an inflation and cost-of-living index, with a minimum yearly raise of 5%.
Vermont allows tipped employees at hotels & motels, tourist places, and restaurants who earn more then $120 a month in tips to be paid a special cash minimum wage. High school students, nonprofit employees, taxi drivers, agricultural and domestic workers, and government employees are exempt from Vermont's minimum wage laws.
Vermont employers may not pay you under $10.00 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
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All Vermont employers must display an approved Vermont minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Vermont labor law.
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Vermont Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Vermont labor law requires all employers in Vermont to visibly display an approved Vermont minimum wage poster, and other Vermont and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Vermont labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Vermont labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
The Vermont minimum wage poster, and additional required Vermont labor law posters, are also available on the Vermont labor law posters download page.
Vermont 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 Vermont overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Vermont law does not specify a daily overtime limit).
The FLSA guarantees all VT 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 Vermont Department of Labor.
Vermont Minimum Wage Exemptions
In addition to any Vermont-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 Vermont minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Vermont Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Vermont 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.
- Vermont 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 $10.00 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Vermont tipped minimum wage.
Frequently Asked Questions - Vermont Minimum Wage & Labor Law
- What is the Vermont minimum wage?
The current Vermont minimum wage of $10.00 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Vermont can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Vermont waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
- How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin Vermont?
A full time minimum wage worker in Vermont working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $80.00 per day, $400.00 per week, and $20,800.00 per year1. The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $16,020.00 per year.
- What is the Vermont under 18 minimum wage?
Vermont 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 Vermont may exist.
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1 These earnings estimates do not account for the Vermont 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