The state of Mississippi is a relatively large state, situated in the southeast region of the US. For many business owners, doing business in Mississippi is an attractive proposition.

A major factor for anyone involved in running a business or planning to start a business or franchise in Mississippi is rates of pay and wage laws. For employers, it is important to know what you are legally obligated to pay employees as a minimum hourly rate, and for employees, it is important to know your workers’ rights and what your employer is obligated to pay you.

In 2021, the Mississippi minimum wage is $7.25. This is the same as the federal minimum wage and has been since 2009. There is no sign of an increase in the federal minimum wage anytime soon, however, there could be for the state of Mississippi. 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.

This page is updated often to reflect the latest information on the Mississippi minimum wage. However, if you need more information from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, then visit their website for tax filing information and unemployment claims.

The graphic below charts the Mississippi minimum wage over the past several years indicating there have been no increases.

Minimum wage in Mississippi

Mississippi Minimum Wage 2021

There were discussions in 2017 to increase the minimum wage by $2.75 making it $10.00 per hour, but the Mississippi minimum wage increase bid failed and the min wage in Mississippi has remained the same since at $7.25 per hour.

Since the Mississippi minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage, there are no major differences in the minimum wage rate in  Mississippi based on the type of industry you work in. There are, however, a few exceptions and these include the following:

  • Tipped employees are eligible for tip credit of up to $5.12 but they must be paid $2.13 as a base wage to make up the rest of the minimum wage in tips.
  • For students working up to 20 hours per week, you can be paid a minimum of 85% of the Mississippi minimum wage rate. This works out at $6.16 per hour.
  • New employees under the age of 20 years old can be paid a training wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.

Mississippi Minimum Wage History

This table shows the Mississippi minimum wage history. It also includes the increase in the min wage and the percentage increase each year. Although, there haven’t been any Mississippi minimum wage increases in recent years. Are you interested in learning the Mississippi state abbreviation? Take a look at our page dedicated to this.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7011%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2007$5.852007$0.705.58%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.42%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.504.76%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4511.84%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$0.4513.43%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1986$3.351986$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1985$3.351985$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1984$3.351984$00%
Mississippi Minimum Wage 1983$3.351983$00%