Minimum Wage in Arkansas

Author: Jason Coles

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In January 2023, the minimum wage in Arkansas remained the same as in 2022, at $11.00 per hour. The Arkansas minimum wage has remained higher than the federal minimum wage ($7.25) since 2015.

Over the last few years, Arkansas has seen its minimum wage consistently increase. In November 2018, residents of Arkansas voted for a ballot measure that will ensure the state minimum wage will continue increasing over the next few years until 2023.

Now that we are in 2023, it seems as if the Arkansas minimum wage rate will remain the same until further notice.

Did the Arkansas Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Arkansas minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 from $10.00 per hour (in 2020) to $11.00 in 2021. However, the minimum wage has remained at the same rate in 2022 and 2023.

Arkansas Minimum Wage 2023

During the election in November 2018, the state agreed on a wage increase over a three-year period, also agreeing on the specific amount the wages will be increased, for example, people were already aware of the Arkansas minimum wage 2021 rate in advance of the January increase.

The deal went down extremely well with residents of Arkansas since several other states’ minimum wages are still confined to the federal minimum wage. To learn more about the laws and rules for specific industries and workers, take a look at the Arkansas Department of Labor website.

The Arkansas minimum wage increase has resulted in boosted wages for over an estimated 300,000 workers, this accounts for roughly a quarter of the state’s workforce.

Arkansas minimum wage 2023 rates for certain job roles include

  • Tipped employees in Arkansas can be paid a minimum wage lower than the current state wage, however, the employer must pay their tipped employees the correct amount of tips, equaling the current minimum wage of $11.00 per hour.
  • Students in full-time education are eligible to be paid 85% of the Arkansas state minimum wage, only if they are working a maximum of 20 hours per week.
  • Workers that are exempt under the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), include domestic workers, federal government employees, and some seasonal workers.

Arkansas Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Arkansas’ 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
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2023$12.002023$1.009%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2022$11.002022$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2021$11.002021$110%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2020$10.002020$0.758.1%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2019$9.252019$0.758.8%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2018$8.502018$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2017$8.502017$0.506.25%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2016$8.002016$0.506.7%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2015$7.502015$0.253.4%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$1.00%16
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2008$6.252008$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2007$6.252007$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2006$6.252006$1.10
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.9021.17%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1996$4.251996$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$0.102.40%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1993$4.151993$0.153.75%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1992$4.001992$0.359.58%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1991$3.651991$0.308.95%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1990$3.351990$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$0.051.51%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1988$3.301988$0.051.53%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1987$3.251987$0.103.17%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1986$3.151986$00%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1985$3.151985$0.103.27%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1984$3.051984$0.103.38%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 1983$2.951983$00%

Arkansas minimum wage history for 10+ years – downloadable PDF below

Arkansas 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.