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 West Virginia.

This page will help keep you updated on the West Virginia minimum wage in 2021 and the exceptions that apply to different job sectors and industries. West Virginia has not had a minimum wage increase since 2016 when the minimum wage increased from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour.

West Virginia is one of many states that has a higher minimum wage than the federal min wage, and, recently, the minimum wage in Virginia, West Virginia’s geographical neighbor, increased considerably from the $7.25 per hour that it was for over a decade. Take a look at our page on the Virginia minimum wage to see what the current rate is.

The minimum wage in West Virginia is calculated through the Consumer Price Index, which takes into account the cost of living, house pricing, and inflation within the state.

Did the West Virginia Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the West Virginia minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did not go up and remains at $8.75 per hour in 2021.

Minimum wage in West Virginia

West Virginia Minimum Wage 2021

The minimum wage in West Virginia hasn’t increased since 2016. There have been no talks yet of an increase in the future. However, there are various exceptions to the West Virginia minimum wage in 2021.

  • For tipped employees, the minimum wage standards allow a 70% credit against the West Virginia minimum wage requirement. Meaning that employees can pay their workers a minimum cash wage of $2.62 per hour as long as the tips equal the $8.75 minimum wage.
  • Employees in West Virginia that are 20 years or younger are eligible to be paid a training wage for the first 90 days of employment. After the 90 days are over, employers must start paying the state minimum wage or higher. The training wage is $5.15 per hour.
  • There are some instances where not every employer must pay the minimum wage in West Virginia. For the state minimum wage requirements to apply in West Virginia, there must be at least six (6) or more non-exempt employees working at the same separate, distinct, and permanent work location. If that requirement is not met, the federal minimum wage may apply.

If you have any questions regarding the minimum wage in West Virginia, visit the Division of Labor website. They operate under the umbrella of the Department of Commerce and are a multi-faceted and diverse agency that provides assistance to every business, consumer, employee, and resident in West Virginia.

Many programs operated by the Division are performed in the background and are nearly invisible to the public. Businesses, consumers, employees, and residents benefit from the activities of the Division. 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 West Virginia.

West Virginia Minimum Wage History

The table below provides details of the West Virginia minimum wage history since 1983.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2021$8.752021$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2020$8.752020$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2019$8.752019$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2018$8.752018$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2017$8.752017$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2016$8.752016$0.759.3%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2015$8.002015$0.7510.3%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2008$7.252008$0.7010.68%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2007$6.552007$0.7011.96%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2006$5.852006$0.7013.59%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$0.408.42%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1997$4.751997$0.5011.76%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1996$4.251996$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4511.84%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$0.4513.43%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$0.309.83%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1986$3.051986$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1985$3.051985$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1984$3.051984$00%
West Virginia Minimum Wage 1983$3.051983$00%