For business owners and managers, it is essential to know what you are legally obligated to pay your employees. Many states in the US have different laws, rules, and regulations when it comes to the minimum wage, and it is crucial to be equipped with everything there is to know regarding the minimum wage for your specific state.

Louisiana’s minimum wage in 2021, much like the minimum wage in Indiana, is currently $7.25 per hour.

$7.25 is also the federal minimum wage; this wage is shared by 21 states and has not increased since 2009. There seem to be no signs of the federal wage increase in the coming years.

Did the Louisiana Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Louisiana 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 Louisiana

Louisiana Minimum Wage 2021

2021 has not experienced an increase to the minimum wage in Louisiana, and there doesn’t seem to be any signs of it increasing in the coming years. This page is constantly updated with the latest information, but for additional information regarding the minimum wage in Louisiana, including law changes and worker’s rights, take a look at the Louisiana Department of Labor website.

Are you interested in the history of the minimum wage in Louisiana?

We have created a bar graph showing you the minimum wage each year and also a convenient PDF you can download. It is located at the bottom of this page.

In early 2018, the state held talks to increase the Louisiana minimum wage to $8.00 per hour in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. However, this was voted down by business interest groups and never materialized.

The minimum wage for Louisiana in 2021 varies depending on what industry you are in. Minimum wage exemptions are the same as the (FLSA) Fair Labor Standards Act. This means that employees working in the following industries can be paid less than the federal minimum wage:

  • Farmworkers
  • Newspaper delivery workers
  • Seasonal workers
  • Babysitters
  • Tipped workers (hospitality workers)

Louisiana Department of Labor & Workforce Commission Contact Details

2900 Dowdell St
Shreveport, LA 71103
United States
1-866-783-5567
Workforce commission for businesses
Workforce commission for workers

Louisiana Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of the state of Louisiana’s minimum wage over the years (since 1983).

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7010.7%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2007$5.852007$0.7013.59%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.42%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.5011.76%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4511.84%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$0.4513.43%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1986$3.351986$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1985$3.351985$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1984$3.351984$00%
Louisiana Minimum Wage 1983$3.351983$00%

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

Louisiana minimum wage history

Louisiana Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF