Arkansas State Minimum Wage

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The statewide minimum wage in Arkansas has not increased since 2021, remaining at $11.00 per hour.

Before 2021, Arkansas saw its minimum wage increase on a pretty consistent basis. Now that we are in 2024, it seems as if the Arkansas minimum wage rate will remain the same until further notice.

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

  • Daily Minimum Wage: $88.00 (based on an 8-hour working day).
  • Weekly Minimum Wage: $440.00 (based on a 40-hour week).
  • Monthly Minimum Wage: $1,906.66 (based on a full-time month).
  • Yearly Minimum Wage: $22,880.00 (based on being paid 52 weeks per year).

Will the Arkansas Minimum Wage Increase?

During the election in November 2018, the state agreed on a wage increase over three years, also agreeing on the specific amount the wages would be increased by.

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, as you can see – the minimum wage has remained at the same rate in 2022, 2023, and 2024:

Arkansas minimum wage

Arkansas Minimum Wage Exemptions

In addition to the regular minimum wage rate, there are a few Arkansas state minimum wage exemptions that typically depend on your age or employment situation.

Below are the various minimum wage exemptions with some situational examples.

Arkansas Student Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for student employees in Arkansas is 85% of the Arkansas state minimum wage, making their hourly pay $9.35 per hour in 2024.

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 Arkansas minimum wage rate of $11.00 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 Arkansas 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.

Arkansas Under 20 Minimum Wage

If you are under 20 years old in Arkansas, 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 2024 Arkansas minimum wage of $11.00 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.

Arkansas Tipped Minimum Wage

If you are a tipped employee in Arkansas (someone who receives regular tips as a part of their job) then you are eligible to be paid a minimum wage of $2.60 per hour, with a tip credit of $8.37 per hour, ensuring that you reach the statewide minimum wage regardless if you make enough hourly tips.

Related: Arkansas Server Minimum Wage

Arkansas Overtime Minimum Wage

Once you work over 40 hours a week, you are eligible to be paid an overtime rate of 1.5 times your hourly wage for every hour you work past 40. So, the overtime minimum wage in Arkansas is $16.50 per hour, 1.5 times the minimum wage of $11.00 per hour.

Arkansas Exemption Minimum Wage History

Here is a table detailing the history of Arkansas’ minimum wage exemptions:

Florida Minimum Wage Exemption20232022202120202019
Tipped Minimum Wage$2.63$2.63$2.63$2.63$2.63
Overtime Minimum Wage$16.50$16.50$16.50$15.00$13.87
Under 20 Minimum Wage$4.25$4.25$4.25$4.25$4.25
Student Minimum Wage$9.35$9.35$9.35$8.50$7.86

Arkansas Minimum Wage History

The table below shows the current rate and history of Arkansas’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.

YearMinimum WageIncrease ($)Increase (%)

Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing Contact Details and Key Information

As an Arkansas employer, you need to keep yourself compliant with the law. To do this, you need to display an Arkansas Labor Law poster in a prominent place.

The good news is that you can acquire one of these posters for free from the Department of Labor and Licensing website, and download it.

To learn more about the laws and rules for specific industries and workers, take a look at the Arkansas Department of Labor website.

If you wish to contact the department directly, here are all of the contact details you need:

Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing:
900 W Capitol Ave, Suite 400,
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: 501-682-4500

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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. who refer his services to their clients regularly, Jason has written over 1,350 business plans across the past 17+ years for start-up companies and franchises looking to expand their footprint in the United States. Jason is considered a seasoned expert in his field. He creates detailed business plans for his clients that include five-year financial projections, market and industry analysis reports, demographic studies, organizational charts, job descriptions, employee hiring plans, and more.