In January 2021, the minimum wage in Georgia remained the same as years gone by, $5.15 per hour. The minimum wage rate in Georgia is even lower than the federal minimum wage, however, the majority of employees are covered by the federal age, meaning that they are entitled to a wage of $7.25 per hour or more.

Another state with a minimum wage as low as Georgia is Wyoming, which is also $5.15 per hour. Workers in Wyoming are also entitled to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 if they work for a company that is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Note: If you are an employee in Georgia and you are not covered by the fair labor standards act, then you may not be entitled to the federal minimum wage, meaning that you can be paid as low as $5.15 per hour. If you would like to know more about how the fair labor standards act affects the Georgia minimum wage, take a look at the Georgia Department of Labor website.

Did the Georgia Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Georgia minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did not go up and remains at $7.25 per hour in 2021.

Since the official minimum wage in Georgia is less than the Federal Minimum Wage, we have used the rate of $7.25 to indicate the minimum wage for the state. For clarity, the Georgia State Minimum wage is $5.15 per hour.

Minimum Wage in Georgia

Hold On!

If you would like to see the history of the Georgia minimum wage over the 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.

Georgia Minimum Wage 2021

As a state, the Georgia minimum wage 2021 is the joint lowest minimum wage out of all 50. Although, most employees will either be getting paid above or the same as the federal minimum wage. Many major cities in Georgia have boosted the amount they pay their employees to help the residents of Georgia make ends meet. Additionally, there is a different minimum wage for tipped employees in Georgia.

The minimum wage in Georgia has remained the same since the federal minimum wage was last changed (2009), fortunately for many residents, they will be paid at least the Federal minimum wage or higher. (The Georgia minimum wage over the years has remained the same).

Georgia Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Georgia’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
Georgia Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.253.8%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$1.4027.18%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2007$5.152007$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$1.9058.46%
Georgia Minimum Wage 2000$3.252000$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1999$3.251999$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1998$3.251998$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1997$3.251997$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1996$3.251996$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1995$3.251995$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1994$3.251994$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1993$3.251993$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1992$3.251992$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1991$3.251991$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1990$3.251990$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1989$3.251989$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1988$3.251988$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1987$3.251987$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1986$3.251986$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1985$3.251985$00%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1984$3.251984$2160%
Georgia Minimum Wage 1983$1.251983$00%

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

Georgia Minimum Wage History

Georgia Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF