The Iowa state minimum wage situation is identical to many others in the US, 21 in fact. It sits at $7.25 per hour in 2022 – pegged at the same rate as the Federal minimum wage.

Iowa’s state minimum wage has remained the same since 2009. Over 10 long years with no increase.

Just like other states that have aligned their minimum wage with the Federal minimum wage, there are some exceptions:

  • Business owners and employers in the state are able to pay a training wage of $4.25 per hour to new employees under the age of 20 for the first 90 days of employment.
  • Some businesses can pay employees that are also full-time students 80% of the current minimum wage for up to 20 hours of work per week.
  • Employees working in the hospitality industry (waiter/waitress, bartender, server, etc.) that are eligible and likely to receive tips from customers can be paid a minimum of $2.90 per hour, however, the tips they receive must account for the $4.35 per hour that represents the shortfall of the minimum Federal wage of $7.25 per hour.
  • Federal contractor employees working in the state of Iowa must be paid a minimum wage of $10.80 per hour.

Did the Iowa Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Iowa 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 Iowa

Iowa Minimum Wage 2022

2022 has seen no change to the Iowa state minimum wage, and there seems to be no indication of an increase coming in the distant future either. For more information on the other labor laws in Iowa, please visit the Iowa Division of Labor website.

The way in which the minimum wage increase is usually decided per state is through the consumer price index. But there are still 21 states with minimum wages all set at $7.25 per hour.

Many believe the federal minimum wage is due to increase throughout the new decade as it has remained the same for over 10 years. If this were to happen, many small businesses would have to adapt and adjust to a potential increase in their employees’ wages.

Iowa Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Iowa’s minimum wage over the years since 2008. 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
Iowa Minimum Wage 2022$7.252022$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2008$7.252008$1.05%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2007$6.202007$1.05
Iowa Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.42%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.102.15%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1995$4.651995$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1994$4.651994$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1993$4.651993$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1992$4.651992$0.409.41%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4010.38%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1990$3.851990$0.5014.92%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1986$3.351986$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1985$3.351985$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1984$3.351984$00%
Iowa Minimum Wage 1983$3.351983$00%

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

Iowa minimum wage history

Iowa Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF