As it stands, 2021 has seen no immediate change to the Kentucky state minimum wage. Much like previous years, Kentucky’s min wage has remained the same as the federal minimum wage – $7.25 per hour.

There is yet to be any updates on whether or not the federal minimum wage will increase over the coming years, if you are interested in learning more about the federal minimum wage, make sure you check out our PDF guide.

Will the Kentucky State Minimum Wage Increase in the future?

Like many other states, there have been talks over the Kentucky state minimum wage increasing incrementally over the next seven years or so. There are a couple of bills that have been pre-filled, but unfortunately, there has been nothing officially confirmed yet.

The overall plan is to try and raise the minimum wage over the next seven years to $15 per hour, starting with an $8.20 per hour rate in 2020, that didn’t happen in the end due to many complications involving the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the nation’s economy. Many people feel it is unrealistic to more than double the Kentucky minimum wage within 7 years.

Are you interested in the history of the minimum wage in Kentucky?
We have created a bar graph showing you the minimum wage in each year over the past 10+ years. There is also a convenient PDF you can download. Scroll to the bottom of this page.

Did the Kentucky Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Kentucky 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 Kentucky

Kentucky Minimum Wage 2021

Kentucky’s minimum wage has not increased since 2009, the minimum wage is the same as 21 others that all follow the federal wage of $7.25 per hour. The federal wage has not changed since 2009 either. For more information and updates on the Kentucky state minimum wage, visit the Kentucky Labor Cabinet website.

Are you interested in starting a company in Kentucky?

If you would like to register a new business in Kentucky, check out our ultimate guide on How to Register a Business in Kentucky.

Because the Kentucky state minimum wage is the same as the federal wage, there are specific rules that apply under this minimum wage for employees in certain industries.

  • Hospitality workers who receive tips are eligible for ‘tip credit’ up to $5.12 per hour but they must be paid $2.13 per hour as a base to make up the rest of the minimum wage.
  • Student employees working 20 hours or less per week can be paid a minimum of 85% of the minimum wage ($6.16).
  • If you hire a new employee under the age of 20, you can pay them something called a ‘training wage’ of $4.25 per hour, this only lasts for the first 90 days of employment.

If you have an interest in finding out more information regarding all 50 states’ minimum wages, then check out our minimum wage in all US states page.

There are many interesting facts about Kentucky that you probably haven’t heard of. Feel free to check out a comprehensive list of them that also includes some very important economic facts if you are looking to start your own business or franchise or get a job in the state.

Kentucky Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Kentucky’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
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7010.6%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2007$5.852007$0.7013.59%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$0.9021.17%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1997$4.251997$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1996$4.251996$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4511.84%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$0.4513.43%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1986$3.351986$0.7528.84%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1985$2.601995$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1984$2.601994$00%
Kentucky Minimum Wage 1983$2.601993$00%

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

Check out the Kentucky Minimum Wage History for over 10 years

Kentucky Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF

EIN Number Kentucky

As a Kentucky business owner and employer, or someone that is looking to register an LLC or an incorporated company in Kentucky with the goal of hiring employees, now, or in the future, you will need to have a Kentucky EIN number.

An EIN is also known as an Employer Identification Number and is issued by the internal revenue service (IRS). We have created a guide on how to get your Kentucky EIN with the IRS, and it includes links to the appropriate sources and forms and the differences between whether you are a U.S. citizen or a foreign national applying for an EIN.