North Dakota State Minimum Wage

Author: Jason Coles

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North Dakota’s minimum wage in 2024 has remained the same as in previous years, sitting at $7.25 per hour. However, there are some exemptions to the rule that are mentioned further down this guide.

It is important for a business owner or someone who is thinking of starting a company to familiarize himself with the minimum wage system in the United States and in particular, your state.

Equally, if you are an employee in North Dakota, you will also want to familiarize yourself with the statewide minimum wage to make sure your worker’s rights are protected and upheld.

So, if you are a full-time worker on minimum wage in North Dakota, your earnings could be as follows:

  • Daily Minimum Wage: $58.00 (based on an 8-hour working day).
  • Weekly Minimum Wage: $290.00 (based on a 40-hour week).
  • Monthly Minimum Wage: $1,256.66 (based on a 160-hour week).
  • Yearly Minimum Wage: $15,080.00 (based on being paid 52 weeks per year).

This graphic highlights the North Dakota minimum wage over the past several years. As you can see – the minimum wage did not increase and remains at $7.25 per hour in 2024:

North Dakota minimum wage

North Dakota is one of 21 states that follows the federal minimum wage rate rather than determining a higher one via the Consumer Price Index for the state.

The federal minimum wage has remained unchanged for years, sitting at $7.25 per hour.

Despite the minimum wage being at $7.25 per hour for the majority of North Dakota employees, there are some exemptions to the rate!

North Dakota Minimum Wage Exemptions

In addition to the regular minimum wage rate, there are a few North Dakota state minimum wage exemptions that typically depend on your age or employment situation.

Below are the various minimum wage exemptions with some situational examples.

North Dakota Student Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for student employees in North Dakota is 85% of the North Dakota minimum wage, making their hourly pay $6.16 per hour in 2024.

This hourly rate is for any hours worked up to 20 hours per week. As a student employee, once you surpass 20 hours per week, you will be eligible to be paid the North Dakota minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.

Being a student can be financially challenging, leading many students to pick up part-time jobs to make extra money while studying.

Despite a student minimum wage rate, many North Dakota employers will not necessarily follow it and pay you equal to or more than the statewide minimum wage.

Many work-study programs are available at universities, which is a route many students go down. Still, coffee shop, cafe, bar, and restaurant jobs are commonly taken by students as they can work them into their class schedule.

North Dakota Under 20 Minimum Wage

If you are under 20 years old in North Dakota, federal law allows your employer to pay you as little as $4.25 per hour for your first 90 days of employment.

Once the 90-day period is over, you will be eligible to be paid the 2024 North Dakota minimum wage of $7.25 per hour or potentially even more.

Fortunately for young workers, this is 90 calendar days and not 90 working days; therefore, it can be completed relatively quickly and within about three months.

North Dakota Tipped Minimum Wage

If you are a tipped employee in North Dakota (someone who receives regular tips as a part of their job) then you are eligible to be paid a minimum wage of $4.86 per hour, with a tip credit of $2.39 per hour, ensuring that you reach the statewide minimum wage regardless if you make enough hourly tips.

North Dakota Overtime Minimum Wage

Once you work over 40 hours a week, you are eligible to be paid an overtime rate of 1.5 times your hourly wage for every hour you work past 40.

So, the overtime minimum wage in North Dakota is $10.88 per hour, 1.5 times the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Other North Dakota Minimum Wage Exemptions Via Employment Situations

Here are the rest of the employment types exempt from the minimum wage:

  • Non-profit and youth education employees.
  • Guides, cooks, and camp-tenders for hunting and fishing guide services.
  • Golf caddies.
  • Employees working at programs for youthful or first-time offenders.
  • Prison inmates performing work directly associated with the prison, jail, institution, state, or a political subdivision.
  • Actors and or extras for motion pictures.
  • Babysitters who work less than 20 hours per week.
  • Part-time volunteers who work on a part-time basis for public services, religious, nonprofits, charities, and hospitals.

North Dakota Minimum Wage Exemptions Table

Below is a table consisting of the North Dakota minimum wage exemptions, including some historic rates for reference:

Idaho Minimum Wage Exemption20232022202120202019
Tipped Minimum Wage$4.86$4.86$4.86$4.86$4.86
Overtime Minimum Wage$10.88$10.88$10.88$10.88$10.88
Under 20 Minimum Wage$4.25$4.25$4.25$4.25$4.25
Student Minimum Wage$6.16$6.16$6.16$6.16$6.16

North Dakota Minimum Wage History

The table below shows the current rate and history of North Dakota’s minimum wage over the past 40+ years since 1983.

You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents each year.

YearMinimum WageIncrease ($)Increase (%)

North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights

As a North Dakota employer, you need to keep yourself compliant with the law. To do this, you need to display a North Dakota Labor Law poster in a prominent place.

The good news is that you can acquire one of these posters for free from the Department of Labor and Human Rights website, and download the poster.

If you wish to contact the department directly, here are all of the contact details you need:

Department of Labor and Human Rights
600 E Boulevard Ave Department 406, Room 107,
Bismarck, ND 58505, USA
Telephone: +1 701-328-2660

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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. who refer his services to their clients regularly, Jason has written over 1,365 business plans across the past 17+ years for start-up companies and franchises looking to expand their footprint in the United States. Jason is considered a seasoned expert in his field. He creates detailed business plans for his clients that include five-year financial projections, market and industry analysis reports, demographic studies, organizational charts, job descriptions, employee hiring plans, and more.