In January 2021, the minimum wage in Arkansas rose by $1, from $10.00 to $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.

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If you would like to see the history of the minimum wage in Arkansas 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 Arkansas Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Michigan 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.

Minimum wage in Arkansas

Arkansas Minimum Wage 2021

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 by, 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 2021 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), which includes 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 2021$11.002020$1.0010%
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$0.506.6%
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$1.0016%
Arkansas Minimum Wage 2008$6.252008$00%

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

Arkansas minimum wage history

Arkansas Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF