Idaho State Minimum Wage

Author: Jason Coles

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In 2023, the Idaho state minimum wage sits at $7.25 – this is the same as the federal minimum wage.

As you can see from the graphic below, the hourly minimum wage hasn’t changed (since 2009), and as it stands, it looks unlikely to change within the next few years.

It is not uncommon for states to have the same minimum wage as the federal minimum wage. In fact, there are 20 other states that all have $7.25 per hour as their minimum wage.

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

  • Daily Minimum Wage: $58.00 (based on an 8-hour working day).
  • Weekly Minimum Wage: $290.00 (based on a 40-hour week).
  • Monthly Minimum Wage: $1,160.00 (based on a 160-hour month).
  • Yearly Minimum Wage: $15,080.00 (based on being paid 52 weeks per year).

Here is our Idaho minimum wage earnings graphic that you can download for your reference:

There are currently no plans in place for the state legislature to create a bill that would increase the statewide minimum wage in 2023 or beyond.

Despite this, there is a minimum wage increase initiative that has been rumored for a while now, to increase the wage to $12 per hour.

Idaho Minimum Wage Exemptions 2023

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

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

Idaho Student Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for student employees in Idaho is 85% of the Idaho state minimum wage, making their hourly pay $6.16 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 Idaho minimum wage rate of $7.25 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 Idaho 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.

Idaho Under 20 Minimum Wage

If you are under 20 years old in Idaho, 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 Idaho state minimum wage of $7.25 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.

Idaho Tipped Minimum Wage

If you are a tipped employee in Idaho (someone who receives regular tips as a part of their job) then you are eligible to be paid a minimum wage of $3.35 per hour, with a tip credit of $3.90 per hour, ensuring that you reach the statewide minimum wage regardless if you make enough hourly tips.

Idaho 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 Idaho is $10.88 per hour, 1.5 times the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

In 2023, unlike most states, the Idaho minimum wage 2023 rate is not likely to increase within the year, it will remain the same as the federal minimum wage for the foreseeable future according to the state legislature.

Other Minimum Wage Exemptions

Here are specific employment types that are also exempt from the Idaho minimum wage:

  • Executive exemption.
  • Administrative exemption.
  • Professional exemption.
  • Outside salesman exemption.
  • Computer employee exemption.

Idaho Minimum Wage Exemptions Table

Idaho Minimum Wage Exemption20232022202120202019
Tipped Minimum Wage$3.35$3.35$3.35$3.35$3.35
Overtime Minimum Wage$10.88$10.88$10.88$10.88$10.88
Under 20 Minimum Wage$4.25$4.25$4.25$4.25$4.25
Student Minimum Wage$6.16$6.16$6.16$6.16$6.16

Idaho Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the current rate and history of Idaho’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
Idaho Minimum Wage 2023$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2022$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2021$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2020$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2019$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2018$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2017$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2016$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2015$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2014$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2013$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2012$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2011$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2010$7.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2009$7.25$0.659%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2008$6.55$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2007$5.85$0.7013.59%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2006$5.15$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2005$5.15$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2004$5.15$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2003$5.15$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2002$5.15$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2001$5.15$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 2000$5.15$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1999$5.15$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1998$5.15$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1997$5.15$0.9021.17%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1996$4.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1995$4.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1994$4.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1993$4.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1992$4.25$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1991$4.25$0.4511.84%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1990$3.80$1.5065.21%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1989$2.30$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1988$2.30$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1987$2.30$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1986$2.30$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1985$2.30$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1984$2.30$00%
Idaho Minimum Wage 1983$2.30$00%

Idaho Department of Labor Contact Details

As an employer in Idaho, it is important to keep yourself compliant with the law, especially when it comes to paying your employees correctly.

To do this, you need to display an Idaho Labor Law poster in a prominent place within your workplace.

You can view and download the Idaho state minimum wage labor law poster for 2023 here at no charge. There is an English and an Español version too.

Employers must display an official poster outlining the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ensuring that accurate employee time and pay records are kept.

Now, as an employee, you may have concerns or wish to seek help and or extra information regarding your own pay in Idaho.

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

Department of Labor
317 W. Main St.
Boise, Idaho 83735
Telephone: (208) 332-3570

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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 1,280 business plans over the past 17+ years for start-ups looking to establish and expand their footprint in the United States.