Minimum Wage in Arizona

Author: Jason Coles

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The minimum wage in Arizona increased by $0.65 in January 2022, from $12.15 (2021) to $12.80 per hour in 2022. This is $5.55 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

In 2021, the Arizona min wage increased by $0.15 in January 2021, from $12.00 (2020) to $12.15 per hour.

Arizona is just one of 29 US states to have a higher minimum wage than the federal wage. The Arizona minimum wage 2022 is $12.80 and is calculated via many different measurements, mainly tied to the consumer price index.

In November 2016, Arizona voters approved Proposition 206, referred to as the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. This meant that the new minimum wage of $10.00 per hour became effective on January 1st, 2017. Since then, the minimum wage in Arizona has increased consistently per year January.

Did the Arizona Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Arizona minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2022 from $12.15 per hour (in 2021) to $12.80 in 2022. This is a 65 cents increase and a 5.35% increase.

Minimum wage in Arizona

Arizona Minimum Wage 2022

Just because the Arizona minimum wage in 2022 is $12.80, does not mean that this applies to all industries and job roles within the state, there are a few exceptions that have been highlighted by the Industrial Commission of Arizona Minimum Wage Poster. Those under the exemptions do not have to be paid the minimum wage in Arizona, these include:

  • Those employed by a parent or sibling.
  • Anyone who is performing babysitting services in the employer’s home on a casual basis.
  • Any person employed by the State of Arizona or the US Government.
  • Anyone employed by a small business that grosses less than $500,000 in annual revenue, and is exempt from paying under section 206 (check the Industrial Commission of Arizona Government website if unsure whether your business qualifies).
  • For any employee who receives regular tips or gratuities, an employer may pay tipped employees a maximum wage of $3.00 per hour less than the official Arizona minimum wage of $12.80, meaning tipped employees in AZ will receive a maximum of $9.80 per hour. However, this is only allowed if the employer can prove via records that each week when adding tips received to the wages paid, the employee will receive no less than the minimum wage for all hours worked.

Arizona has one of the highest minimum wages out of all 50 US states, matching states such as Colorado and Maine. If you are interested in seeing the top 10 highest state minimum wage rates by state, then head over to our page that tells you all about it.

Over the past few years, Arizona has seen a considerable increase to its minimum wage, with the most significant increase happening between 2016 and 2017 when the minimum wage increased from $8.05 to $10.00, a healthy 24.2% increase.

The industrial commission of Arizona has a labor department that should be checked periodically for the most current updates on their minimum wage program.

Arizona Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Arizona’s minimum wage over the years since 1983. 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
Arizona Minimum Wage 2023$13.852023$1.108.2%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2022$12.802022$0.655.34%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2021$12.152021$0.151.25%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2020$12.002020$1.009%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2019$11.002019$0.504.8%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2018$10.502018$0.505%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2017$10.002017$1.9524.2%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2016$8.052016$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2015$8.052015$0.151.9%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2014$7.902014$0.101.3%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2013$7.802013$0.151.9%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2012$7.652012$0.304.1%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2011$7.352011$0.101.4%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.304.3%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2008$6.902008$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2007$5.852007$0.7013.59%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.42%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.5011.76%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4511.84%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$0.4513.43%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1986$3.351986$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1985$3.351985$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1984$3.351984$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1983$3.351983$00%

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

Arizona Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF

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Jason Coles

Jason Coles is the Founder of Foreign USA and its Chief Content Writer and Editor. Recognized as a prolific business plan writer by many prominent immigration attorneys in the U.S., Jason has written over 1,200 business plans over the past 16+ years for start-ups looking to establish and expand their footprint in the United States.