On January 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Alaska increased from $10.19 per hour to $10.34 per hour, rising by 15 cents. Over the last few years, Alaska’s minimum wage has grown steadily, but consistently. With the minimum wage only increasing by a maximum of 5 cents per year for some time before 2020’s minimum wage increase.

Alaska currently has one of the highest minimum wage rates out of all 50 states, making it an attractive destination for workers to move to. Alaska’s minimum wage rate has always been considered high, especially when compared with other states. The way in which the Alaska minimum wage is calculated is through the consumer price index, inflation, and cost of living.

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If you would like to see the history of the minimum wage in Alaska over the past 10+ years, we have created a bar graph showing you the minimum wage each year and also a convenient PDF you can download. It is located at the bottom of this page.

Did the Alaska Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Alaska minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 from $10.19 per hour (in 2020) to $10.34 in 2021.

Minimum wage in Alaska

Alaska Minimum Wage 2021

Alaska’s minimum wage is one of the highest out of all the US states; however, it has not been increasing as much per year as many other states have been. The reason behind the small increases to Alaska’s minimum wage each year is because they adjust their minimum wage (Alaska law) based on inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Voters passed a ballot initiative in 2014, which requires the minimum wage to be adjusted annually for inflation.

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In 2021, the Alaska minimum wage increased from $10.19 to $10.34. The reason for this is because the Consumer Price Index for urban consumers in the Anchorage metropolitan area (Anchorage CPI-U) for the preceding calendar year increased more than in the previous years.

It was on September 16, 2020, that Alaska agreed to increase the minimum wage rate by 1.5% ($0.15 cents) from $10.19 to $10.34 per hour effective January 1, 2021. For information on the records you must keep as an employer, your worker’s rights, or anything pay and wage-related, you can visit the Alaska Department of Labor.

Also, if you would like to contact or visit one of the Alaska Wage and Hour Administration offices, the addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers are noted below the Alaska historical minimum wage table.

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Alaska Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Alaska’s minimum wage over the years since 2008. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Alaska Minimum Wage 2021$10.342021$0.151.5%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2020$10.192020$0.303%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2019$9.892019$0.050.5%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2018$9.842018$0.040.4%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2017$9.802017$0.050.5%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2016$9.752016$1.0011.4%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2015$8.752015$1.0012.9%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2014$7.752014$00%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2013$7.752013$00%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2012$7.752012$00%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2011$7.752011$00%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2010$7.752010$0.506.9%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.101.4%
Alaska Minimum Wage 2008$7.152008$00%

Alaska minimum wage history for the past 10+ years – downloadable PDF below

Check out the Alaska Minimum Wage History for over 10 years

Alaska Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF

Alaska Wage and Hour

For more information on the Alaska Minimum Wage, you can contact the Wage and Hour Administration Offices at the following locations. Please note the email address is the same for all three locations.

Anchorage – Muldoon Job Center

1251 Muldoon Road, Suite 113
Anchorage, AK 99504
Phone: (907) 269-4900
Fax: (907) 269-4915
Hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm


675 7th Avenue, Station J
Fairbanks, AK 99701-4596
Phone: (907) 451-2886
Fax: (907) 451-2885
Hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm


1111 W. 8th St. Rm 302
P. O. Box 111149
Juneau, Alaska 99811-1149
Phone: (907) 465-4842
Fax: (907) 465-3584
Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm

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