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. The Nebraska state minimum wage is one that the state has set at a higher level than the Federal min 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 2021?

The Nebraska minimum wage in 2021 is unchanged from the 2020 minimum wage and it currently sits at $9.00 per hour. There are ongoing discussions about increasing the Nebraska minimum wage at some point within the next few years, but so far, nothing has happened regarding an increase.

Did the Nebraska Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Nebraska minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did not go up and remains at $9.00 per hour in 2021.

Minimum Wage in Nebraska

Nebraska Minimum Wage 2021

There has been no increase to the Nebraska state minimum wage since 2016, each year the minimum wage increase is evaluated on the states’ 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 2021 minimum wage laws for employees in Nebraska that work in specific industries. These are as follows:

  • Tipped workers 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 $9.00 wage.
  • Student-workers employed for 20 hours a week or less can be paid a minimum of 70% the current minimum wage ($6.75).
  • New employees under the age of 20 can be paid a training wage for the first 90 days of employment (70% of the current minimum wage).

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.

There are many interesting facts about Nebraska that you probably haven’t heard of. Feel free to check out a comprehensive list of them that also includes some very important economic facts if you are looking to start your own business or franchise or get a job in the state.

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 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%