Arizona State Minimum Wage

Author: Jason Coles

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The Arizona state minimum wage increased by $1.05 in January 2023, from $12.80 (2022) to $13.85 per hour in 2023. This represents an 8.2% increase from 2022 to 2023.

In 2022, the Arizona state minimum wage increased by $0.65 in January 2022, from $12.15 (2021) to $12.80 per hour.

If you are a full-time worker on the Arizona state minimum wage, your earnings could be as follows:

  • Daily Minimum Wage: $110.80 (based on an 8-hour day)
  • Weekly Minimum Wage: $554 (based on a 40-hour week)
  • Yearly Minimum Wage: $28,808 (based on being paid 52 weeks per year)

Arizona is one of 29 US states to have a higher minimum wage than the federal wage of $7.25 per hour. The Arizona minimum wage in 2023 of $13.85 is calculated via many different measurements, mainly tied to the consumer price index.

In November 2016, Arizona voters approved Proposition 206, 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 in January.

Did the Arizona Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Arizona state minimum wage over the past several years.

Arizona Minimum Wage Exemptions 2023

Just because the Arizona minimum wage in 2023 is $13.85, does not mean that this applies to all industries and job roles within the state; there are a few exceptions that the Industrial Commission of Arizona Minimum Wage Poster has highlighted.

Arizona Student Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for student employees in Arizona is 85% of the Arizona minimum wage, making their hourly pay $11.77 per hour in 2023.

This hourly rate is for any hours worked up to 20 hours per week. As a student employee, once you surpass 20 hours per week, you will be eligible to be paid the Arizona minimum wage rate of $13.85 per hour.

Being a student can be financially challenging, leading many students to pick up part-time jobs to make extra money while studying. Despite a student minimum wage rate, many Arizona employers will not necessarily follow it and pay you equal to or more than the statewide minimum wage.

Many work-study programs are available at universities, which is a route many students go down. Still, coffee shop, cafe, bar, and restaurant jobs are commonly taken by students as they can work them into their class schedule.

Arizona Under 20 Minimum Wage

If you are under 20 years old in Arizona, federal law allows your employer to pay you as little as $4.25 per hour for your first 90 days of employment.

Once the 90-day period is over, you will be eligible to be paid the 2023 Arizona state minimum wage of $13.85 per hour or potentially even more.

Fortunately for young workers, this is 90 calendar days and not 90 working days; therefore, it can be completed relatively quickly and within about three months.

Here are the last few exemptions to the Arizona state minimum wage:

  • Those employed by a parent or sibling.
  • Anyone 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 is exempt from paying under section 206 (check the Industrial Commission of Arizona Government website if unsure whether your business qualifies).
  • For any Arizona employee who receives tips, you will be subject to a tipped minimum wage rate in Arizona, with a tip credit rate equalling the minimum wage in Arizona. For more information, check out our Arizona server minimum wage page.

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, head to our page that tells you all about it.

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 current rate and history of Arizona’s minimum wage over the past 40+ years since 1983. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents each year.

StateWage$ Wage Increase% Increase
Arizona Minimum Wage 2023$13.85$1.108.2%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2022$12.80$0.655.34%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2021$12.15$0.151.25%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2020$12.00$1.009%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2019$11.00$0.504.8%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2018$10.50$0.505%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2017$10.00$1.9524.2%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2016$8.05$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2015$8.05$0.151.9%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2014$7.90$0.101.3%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2013$7.80$0.151.9%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2012$7.65$0.304.1%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2011$7.35$0.101.4%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2010$7.25$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2009$7.25$0.304.3%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2008$6.90$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2007$5.85$0.7013.59%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2006$5.15$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2005$5.15$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2004$5.15$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2003$5.15$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2002$5.15$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2001$5.15$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 2000$5.15$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1999$5.15$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1998$5.15$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1997$5.15$0.408.42%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1996$4.75$0.5011.76%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1995$4.25$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1994$4.25$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1993$4.25$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1992$4.25$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1991$4.25$0.4511.84%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1990$3.80$0.4513.43%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1989$3.35$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1988$3.35$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1987$3.35$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1986$3.35$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1985$3.35$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1984$3.35$00%
Arizona Minimum Wage 1983$3.35$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.