South Carolina State Minimum Wage

Author: Jason Coles

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There has been no change to the South Carolina state minimum wage in 2024 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 state minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did not go up and remains at $7.25 per hour in 2024.

South Carolina minimum wage

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 state minimum wage in 2024 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.

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.

You can view and download the official South Carolina state minimum wage labor law poster for 2024 here at no charge. Employers must display a poster outlining the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ensuring that accurate employee time and pay records are kept.

In 2024, 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.

South Carolina Minimum Wage History

The table below shows the current rate and history of South Carolina’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.

StateWage$ Wage Increase% Increase

South Carolina Minimum Wage Exemptions

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

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

South Carolina Student Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for student employees in South Carolina is 85% of the South Carolina 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 for the South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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.

South Carolina Under 20 Minimum Wage

If you are under 20 years old in South Carolina, 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 South Carolina state 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.

South Carolina Tipped Minimum Wage

If you are a tipped employee in South Carolina (someone who receives regular tips as a part of their job) then you are eligible to be paid a minimum wage of $2.13 per hour, with a tip credit of $5.12 per hour, ensuring that you reach the statewide minimum wage regardless if you make enough hourly tips.

South Carolina 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 South Carolina is $10.88 per hour, 1.5 times the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Minimum Wage Rates for each State

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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 1,350 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.