There has been no change to the South Carolina minimum wage in 2021 as it remains at $7.25 per hour – the federal minimum wage. This hourly rate hasn’t changed in over 10 years (since 2009) and doesn’t seem like it will be increasing in the near future.

South Carolina is not alone, however. There are 21 states out of 50 that currently use the federal minimum wage as their state minimum wage.

Did the South Carolina Minimum Wage Go Up?

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

Minimum wage in South Carolina

Another state that hasn’t increased its minimum wage since 2009 is Texas, if you look at the TX min wage rate now, and over the past ten years, it resembles the South Carolina minimum wage in 2021 and over the past 10+ years too.

However, just because the minimum wage in South Carolina is $7.25 per hour, it doesn’t mean that certain cities, counties, and towns within the state don’t have their own minimum wage rates, which in some cases could be higher than the state min wage.

South Carolina Minimum Wage 2021

Although the South Carolina minimum wage 2021 is $7.25, there are some exceptions to this and some additional minimum wage rules apply to specific types of employees working in certain industries:

  • Employers with tipped employees can take a tip credit of up to $5.12. This means that tipped employees may be paid a SC min wage base wage of $2.13 per hour, as long as their tips ensure that they still make at least $7.25 per hour. This is the same as the federal rule for tip credits. (Unlike federal law, South Carolina law does not specify a minimum amount of tips an employee must receive to be considered a “tipped employee.”)
  • Workers under the age of 20 can be paid a training wage of $4.25 during their first 90 days of employment.
  • Full-time students may be paid no less than 85 percent of the SC min wage (or $6.16) for up to 20 hours of work per week at certain employers, such as work-study programs.

If you would like to learn more about the labor laws in South Carolina and how the state protects its workers, you can visit the South Carolina Labor Licensing Regulation (SCLLR) website for more information.

In 2021, unlike most states, South Carolina isn’t looking to increase the minimum wage, it will remain the same as the federal minimum wage for the foreseeable future according to the state legislature.

SC Min Wage History

The table below provides the history of South Carolina’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
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2021$7.252021$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2020$7.252020$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2019$7.252019$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2018$7.252018$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2017$7.252017$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2016$7.252016$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2015$7.252015$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7011%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2007$6.152007$1.0019.41%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2005$5.152005$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.42%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.5011.76%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$0.4511.84%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1992$3.801992$0.4513.43%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1991$3.351991$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1990$3.351990$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1986$3.351986$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1985$3.351985$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1984$3.351984$00%
North Carolina Minimum Wage 1983$3.351983$00%