Minimum Wage in Nebraska

Author: Jason Coles

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The minimum wage in Nebraska increased by $1.50 in January 2023, from $9.00 (2022) to $10.50 per hour in 2023. This represents a 16.6% increase from 2022 to 2023. The minimum wage in the US is different from most other countries, like most, there is a national minimum wage (Federal Minimum Wage) which sits at $7.25 per hour. However, each individual state has the right to set its own minimum wage.

As a Nebraska business owner, it is important to familiarize yourself with the minimum wage so that you can pay your employees the correct and legal wage requirements. Of course, the minimum wage is just the lowest threshold that you can pay employees, but there are many industries that still start their base pay at the Nebraska state minimum wage level. For employees, you will also want to familiarize yourself with the min wage to make sure you are being paid fairly and your workers’ rights are protected.

What is the Nebraska minimum wage in 2023?

The Nebraska minimum wage in 2023 currently sits at $10.50 per hour after a January 1, 2023 increase. This was the first time that Nebraska increased its statewide minimum wage rate since 2016!

Did the Nebraska Minimum Wage Go Up?

Yes, the Nebraska minimum wage did finally go up in 2023, increasing by 16.6% from $9.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour. As you can see on the graphic below, this was the first Nebraska minimum wage increase in many years.

Nebraska Minimum Wage 2023

There has been no increase to the Nebraska state minimum wage since 2016, each year the minimum wage increase is evaluated on the state’s consumer price index which accounts for the cost of living and inflation within the state.

If you would like to learn more information about the wage and labor laws in Nebraska, check out the Nebraska Department of Labor website.

Much like other states, there are different 2023 minimum wage laws for employees in Nebraska that work in specific industries. These are as follows:

  • Tipped workers in Nebraska can receive a minimum wage of $2.13 per hour, although they must be able to keep all of the tips they receive compensating for the $10.50 wage. Tipped employees in Nebraska are typically bartenders and restaurant servers.
  • Student-workers employed for 20 hours a week or less can be paid a minimum of 70% of the current minimum wage ($8.93 per hour).

Nebraska Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Nebraska’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
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2023$10.502023$1.5016.6%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2022$9.002022$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2021$9.002021$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2020$9.002020$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2019$9.002019$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2018$9.002018$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2017$9.002017$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2016$9.002016$1.0012.5%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2015$8.002015$0.7510.3%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7011%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$011.96%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2007$5.852007$0.7013.59%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.9021.17%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1996$4.251996$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.9026.86%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1990$3.351990$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$1.75109.37%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1986$1.601986$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1985$1.601985$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1984$1.601984$00%
Nebraska Minimum Wage 1983$1.601983$00%
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Jason Coles

Jason Coles is the Founder of Foreign USA and its Chief Content Writer and Editor. Recognized as a prolific business plan writer by many prominent immigration attorneys in the U.S., Jason has written over 1,200 business plans over the past 16+ years for start-ups looking to establish and expand their footprint in the United States.