In 2021, the Kansas minimum wage in Kansas has remained the same as in previous years – nothing has changed since 2009. The state shares the same minimum wage as 21 other states, $7.25. This is the federal minimum wage, which coincidentally has also not changed since 2009.

The federal minimum wage has remained the same since 2009, and there has been pretty much no indication since then that the federal wage will increase any time soon.

Unlike the majority of states, Kansas is unlikely to budge regarding their minimum wage, 2022 will likely see the state minimum wage remain the same for residents of Kansas as in previous years.

Did the Kansas Minimum Wage Go Up?

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

Minimum Wage in Kansas

Kansas Minimum Wage 2021

As mentioned previously, the Kansas minimum wage increase is not likely to be enacted in 2022, and never took place in 2021. For more information regarding minimum wage laws and related labor laws, please visit the Kansas Department of Labor website.

Due to the state using the federal minimum wage as its own min wage, there are some rules and regulations for specific employers when it comes to paying employees in unique employment situations.

  • If you are an employee in the hospitality industry and receive tips of $20 or more per month, you are able to receive ‘tip credit’ up to $5.12 per hour. However, tipped employees must be paid a minimum of $2.13 per hour by their employer.
  • Student-workers currently working 20 hours or less are entitled to only 85% of the KS min wage ($6.16).
  • Any employee new to a company and under the age of 20 can be paid a minimum ‘training wage’ of $4.25 per hour for their first 90 days of employment.
  • Federal contractor employees working in the state of Kansas must be paid a minimum wage of $10.80 per hour.

KS Min Wage History

The table below provides the history of Kansas’ 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
Kansas Minimum Wage 2022$7.252022$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7010.6%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$3.90147.17%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2007$2.652007$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2006$2.652006$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2005$2.652005$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2004$2.652004$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2003$2.652003$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2002$2.652002$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2001$2.652001$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 2000$2.652000$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1999$2.651999$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1998$2.651998$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1997$2.651997$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1996$2.651996$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1995$2.651995$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1994$2.651994$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1993$2.651993$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1992$2.651992$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1991$2.651991$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1990$2.651990$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1989$2.651989$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1988$2.651988$1.0565.62%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1987$1.601987$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1986$1.601986$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1985$1.601985$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1984$1.601984$00%
Kansas Minimum Wage 1983$1.601983$00%