Minimum Wage in Indiana

Author: Jason Coles

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For many people moving to the United States to start a business or those that own a business or are looking to start or buy a company or franchise, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the minimum wage system and structure in the U.S.

It can be confusing as a business owner what you are legally obligated to pay your employees as it varies so much depending on what state, city, or even county you are in.

The United States boasts a unique minimum wage system, most other nations will use a national minimum wage to decide what will be paid at the very minimum to its employees. And whilst the US has a national minimum wage rate, it also allows each state to set its own minimum wage.

Indiana’s state minimum wage in 2022 is the same as the federal minimum wage – $7.25 per hour.

Did the Indiana Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Indiana minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did not go up and remains at $7.25 per hour in 2022.

Minimum wage in Indiana

Indiana Minimum Wage 2022

Out of all 50 US states, 21 of them are still using the federal minimum wage as their state minimum wage, the other 29 all provide higher wages for their employees.

The way in which most states’ minimum wage increases is through calculations and estimations made through the consumer price index.

Indiana has not increased the state minimum wage since 2009 when it rose from $6.55 to $7.25 (70 cent increase).

Here are the exceptions to the Indiana minimum wage 2022:

  • It is mandatory for tipped employees in Indiana to be paid a minimum of $2.13 per hour, with tips making up $5.12, in total equalling the Indiana state minimum wage. Tipped employees are usually bartenders or restaurant servers in Indiana, pretty much any employment situation where you will earn tips as well as an hourly wage.
  • For new employees, a training wage of $4.25 per hour can be paid for the first 90 days of employment, you must be under 20 years old for this to be valid.
  • Full-time students can be paid at the very least 85% of the state minimum wage, this works out at $6.16 per hour. You are only eligible for this wage if you’re working 20 hours or fewer each week and classed as a full-time student. For more information on Indiana minimum wage laws and changes, please visit the Indiana Department of Labor website.

Indiana Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Indiana’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
Indiana Minimum Wage 2023$7.252023$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2022$7.252022$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.250.38%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$0.7011.96%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2007$5.852007$0.7013.59%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1998$4.251998$0.9026.86%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1997$3.351997$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1996$3.351996$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1995$3.351995$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1994$3.351994$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1993$3.351993$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1992$3.351992$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1991$3.351991$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1990$3.351990$1.3567.5%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1989$2.001989$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1988$2.001988$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1987$2.001987$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1986$2.001986$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1985$2.001985$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1984$2.001984$00%
Indiana Minimum Wage 1983$2.001983$00%

Indiana minimum wage history for more than 10 years – downloadable PDF below

Indiana Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF

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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 1,200 business plans over the past 16+ years for start-ups looking to establish and expand their footprint in the United States.