When you are doing business in the U.S., whether as a business or franchise owner, or if you are an employee working in Wisconsin, it is important to understand and know the law and, subsequently, your rights when it comes to paying employees or being the recipient of the minimum wage as an employee. Let’s look at the minimum wage in Wisconsin.

The minimum wage in Wisconsin has not increased for over a decade. Wisconsin, along with many other states still use the federal minimum wage of $7.25. There is no sign of an increase in the federal minimum wage anytime soon, however, there could be for the state of Wisconsin. It is not unusual for a state to not have its own higher minimum wage, in fact, 21 other states use the federal wage as their own min wage.

Did the Wisconsin Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin

Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2021

The Wisconsin minimum wage 2021 hasn’t increased from the previous year, in fact, it hasn’t increased since 2009! Most employers will have to abide by the minimum wage set for their state for all employees that they plan to pay minimum wage to.

The law is simply that the minimum wage is the lowest hourly, daily, or monthly wage that businesses may legally pay to employees or workers.

So far there have been no talks of a Wisconsin minimum wage increase in 2021 or in future years for it to surpass the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and there have been no talks of a federal minimum wage increase either.

Should you have any concerns, questions, or need clarity on the Wisconsin minimum wage 2021 as an employer or employee, feel free to visit the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development website and make an inquiry or file an unemployment claim.

Exceptions to the Wisconsin minimum wage are as follows;

  • Tipped employees can earn a minimum of $2.33 per hour. However, they must be compensated with tips that amount to at least the minimum wage in Wisconsin of $7.25 per hour.
  • Workers under the age of 20, in their first 90 days of employment can be paid a minimum wage of $5.90 per hour. This employment definition is ‘opportunity employee’ and is classed in many states as a training wage. Once the 90 days are up, the employee must start receiving the Wisconsin minimum wage or more per hour.

To find out more information regarding the US minimum wage by state, check out our page that has a table in alphabetical order of all 50 states, including historical state minimum wage rates from previous years.

Wisconsin Minimum Wage History

This table shows the Wisconsin minimum wage history dating back to 2008, and including the wage and % increase each year.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7511.5%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2008$6.502008$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2007$6.502007$0.8014.03%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2006$5.702006$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2005$5.702005$0.5510.67%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.42%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.5011.76%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$0.4511.84%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1991$3.801991$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$0.154.1%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1989$3.651989$0.308.95%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$0.103.07%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1986$3.251986$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1985$3.251985$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1984$3.251984$00%
Wisconsin Minimum Wage 1983$3.251983$00%