The minimum wage in Montana has been increasing gradually over the past several years. In 2021 the Montana min wage is $8.75 per hour.

Understanding and keeping up-to-date with the Montana minimum wage is important for employers in the state to ensure their employees are paid according to the law.

Likewise, for employees in Montana, it is important for them to know what the absolute minimum is that they should be paid to protect their workers’ rights.

What is the Montana minimum wage in 2021?

The Montana minimum wage in 2021 is $8.75 p/hr, Montana is one of the 29 states in the U.S. with a higher min wage than the U.S. government’s federal minimum wage of $7.25 p/hr. Montana’s minimum wage increase is calculated via the Consumer Price Index which measures a cost-of-living adjustment within the state. Many believe this is the fairest way of increasing Montana’s min wage each year.

Did the Montana Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Montana minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 from $9.65 per hour (in 2020) to $9.75 in 2021.

Minimum Wage in Montana

Montana Minimum Wage 2021

The Montana minimum wage has been increasing each year since 2016. The first time Montana increased its minimum wage above the federal min wage level was in 2011 when it increased from $7.25 to $7.35.

Unlike most other states, Montana does not have specific laws that apply to unique employment situations such as the hospitality industry. According to the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, no tip credit, meal credit, or training wage is allowed under the Montana minimum wage 2021 laws.

For ongoing Montana minimum wage increases each year, the department of labor and industry calculates the cost-of-living adjustment based on an increase in the consumer price index (CPI). This is calculated between August of the current year and August of the preceding year. If there is no increase in the CPI, then generally, there is no Montana minimum wage increase, but if there is, the min wage per hour is increased by this amount and rounded up to the nearest 5 cents.

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 and increases from previous years.

Montana Minimum Wage History

The following table tracks the Montana minimum wage history since 2008, it also includes the wage increase per year and also the % increase.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Montana Minimum Wage 2021$8.752021$0.101.15%
Montana Minimum Wage 2020$8.652020$0.151.8%
Montana Minimum Wage 2019$8.502019$0.202.4%
Montana Minimum Wage 2018$8.302018$0.253.1%
Montana Minimum Wage 2017$8.152017$0.101.2%
Montana Minimum Wage 2016$8.052016$00%
Montana Minimum Wage 2015$8.052015$0.151.9%
Montana Minimum Wage 2014$7.902014$0.253.3%
Montana Minimum Wage 2013$7.652013$00%
Montana Minimum Wage 2012$7.652012$0.304.1%
Montana Minimum Wage 2011$7.352011$0.101.3%
Montana Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Montana Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7011%
Montana Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$00%

EIN Number Montana

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