Idaho State Minimum Wage

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In 2024, 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.

Idaho minimum wage

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

Despite there being 20 other states with federal minimum wage rates, there are many more with their unique minimum wage – discover all of them with our minimum wage in US states guide.

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: $1,256.66 (based on a full-time month).
  • Yearly Minimum Wage: $15,080.00 (based on being paid 52 weeks per year).

There are currently no plans in place for the state legislature to create a bill that would increase the statewide minimum wage in 2024 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

In addition to the regular minimum wage rate, a few Idaho state minimum wage exemptions 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 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 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 2024 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 2024, unlike most states, the Idaho minimum wage 2024 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 shows 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.

YearMinimum WageIncrease ($)Increase (%)

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 2024 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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