For business owners in New Hampshire, it is important to familiarize yourself with the correct and legal wage to pay your employees. Likewise, if you are an employee, you should know your workers’ rights and make sure you are being paid according to the NH state law. This page provides you with the information you need to know regarding the New Hampshire minimum wage.

The New Hampshire minimum wage in 2021 is $7.25 per hour, this is the same as the country’s federal minimum wage.

There are 21 states that currently align their min wage with the federal minimum wage rather than increase it to create their own unique state min wage. Unlike the majority of other states, it seems like New Hampshire is not looking to increase its minimum wage any time soon.

Did the New Hampshire Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the New Hampshire minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did not go up and remains at $7.25 per hour in 2021.

New Hampshire Minimum Wage

New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2021

New Hampshire has not had a minimum wage increase since before 2008, it has been over 10 years since the state last witnessed an increase to the minimum wage, even though the cost of living is considered quite high.




Much like other states, there are some exceptions to the NH min wage due to the type of employer/industry:

  • Tipped employees that receive a minimum of $30 a month through tips will receive a base wage of not less than 45% of the NH min wage.
  • Workers who work more than 40 hours per week will get paid 1.5 X their regular wage rate for hours worked in excess of 40 per week.
  • As a general rule, all employers in New Hampshire should pay their employees a minimum of $7.25 per hour. The exceptions to this rule do not apply to employees that are engaged in household labor, domestic labor, farm labor, outside sales representatives, summer camps for minors, newspaper carriers, non-professional ski patrol personnel, and golf caddies.

Are you interested in starting a company in New Hampshire?

If you would like to register a new business in New Hampshire, check out our ultimate guide on How to Register a Business in New Hampshire.

To stay up to date with the rules and regulations surrounding the New Hampshire minimum wage, you may want to visit the New Hampshire Department of Labor website. The NH Department of Labor helps employers and insurance carriers to operate successfully within New Hampshire’s labor laws. New Hampshire encourages a successful, fair, and safe workplace throughout the Granite State.

If you are interested in finding out more information regarding the US minimum wage by state, take a look at our table that shows the rate for all 50 states.

New Hampshire Min Wage History

The table below provides the history of New Hampshire’s minimum wage over the years since 2008. 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
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$00%
New Hampshire Minimum Wage 2008$7.252008$00%

EIN Number New Hampshire

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