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.

Are you interested in starting a company in Louisiana?

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

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)

To learn more information about the US minimum wage by state, make sure to check out our page detailing all 50 states’ minimum wage rates.

Louisiana Department of Labor & Workforce Commission Contact Details

2900 Dowdell St
Shreveport, LA 71103
United States
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 2008). There are many other reasons why employees or business owners may want to move to the great state of Louisiana so feel free to check out these interesting facts about Louisiana.

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 history for more than 10 years – downloadable PDF below

Louisiana minimum wage history

Louisiana Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF

EIN Number Louisiana

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