For business owners, managers, and employees, it is important to know what you are legally obligated to pay your employees or be paid yourself. Most states in the US have different laws, rules, and regulations when it comes to the minimum wage. Let’s look at the minimum wage in Virginia.

On January 1st, 2021, Virginia broke free of the federal minimum wage rate ($7.25 p/h) and upgraded the minimum wage rate for employees within the state to $9.50 per hour in 2021. Now, in 2022, after another January upgrade, the minimum wage in Virginia sits at $11.00 per hour.

The goal was to provide employers with the opportunity to recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, effectively giving them four additional months. The General Assembly approved Governor Northam’s amended version of the legislation on April 22nd, 2020.

The new law also directs three state agencies (including the Virginia Employment Commission) to conduct a joint review of the feasibility of implementing a regional minimum wage structure in the Commonwealth. The agencies must submit their findings to the General Assembly and Governor by December 1, 2023.

Did the Virginia Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Virginia minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2022 from $9.50 per hour (in 2021) to $11.00 in 2022.

Minimum wage in Virginia

Below we have the agreed-upon minimum wage rates for Virginia, from 2021 when the wage initially surpassed the federal wage, until 2026, when the wage is billed to reach $15 per hour.

Virginia Minimum Wage Increases

  • May 1st, 2021 – $9.50 per hour
  • January 1st, 2022 – $11.00 per hour
  • January 1st, 2023 – $12.00 per hour
  • January 1st, 2025 – $13.50 per hour (contingent)
  • January 1st, 2026 – $15.00 per hour (contingent)

The increase will apply to those whose employment is covered by the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) and to public employees.

If you would have any questions or concerns regarding the minimum wage in Virginia, visit the Department of Labor website. The Labor and Employment Law Division administer and enforce the laws of the Commonwealth that govern pay, assignment of wages, minimum wages, employment of children, the right to work, the human trafficking poster requirements, and certain other statutes that relate to the workplace.

You can also check back on this page often as this content will be constantly updated, giving you the most up-to-date minimum wage in Virginia.

Virginia Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Virginia’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
Virginia Minimum Wage 2022$11.002022$1.5015.7%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2021$9.502021$2.2531%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7010.6%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2007$5.852007$0.7013.59%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.508.42%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1991$3.651991$137.73%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1990$2.651990$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1989$2.651989$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1988$2.651988$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1987$2.651987$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1986$2.651986$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1985$2.651985$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1984$2.651984$00%
Virginia Minimum Wage 1983$2.651983$00%

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

Virginia minimum wage history

Virginia Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Contact Information

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