As it stands, the South Dakota minimum wage in 2021 is $9.45 per hour. This is the result of another minimum wage increase in January 2021, seeing the South Dakota minimum wage boosted by 15 cents p/hr from $9.30 per hour.

The South Dakota minimum wage 2021 is significantly higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, $2.20 per hour more to be precise. South Dakota is one of 29 states to have a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum wage.

The way in which the South Dakota minimum wage 2021 and most other states minimum wages are calculated is an accumulation of different things, for example, the cost of living, inflation, the consumer price index, and more.

Did the South Dakota Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the South Dakota minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 from $9.30 per hour (in 2020) to $9.45 in 2021.

Minimum Wage in South Dakota

South Dakota Minimum Wage 2021

For the most part, the South Dakota minimum wage has been increasing consistently since 2014. With a couple of exceptions taking place in 2016 and 2018.




Despite the South Dakota minimum wage 2021 wage being set at $9.45 per hour, there are some special cases to this rate due to different employment circumstances as follows:

  • The minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.75 per hour, this is half the minimum wage for non-tipped employees. However, wages and tips combined must equal at least the current South Dakota minimum wage.
  • Other exemptions to the SD min wage include seasonal amusement or recreational establishment employees, babysitters, and outside salespersons, in addition to anyone being paid an opportunity wage pursuant to South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 60-11-4.1.
  • Finally, the South Dakota minimum wage requirement also does not apply to any apprentice, or anyone learning the business or work in which employed, or to anyone with a developmental disability if the Department of Labor and Regulation issues a permit for the person’s employment that fixes wage or compensation for that person.

For more information on the laws, regulations, and workers’ rights when considering the South Dakota minimum wage 2021, and previous years, visit the South Dakota department of labor website. Here, you will find information on employment and worker rights, a list of the South Dakota Codified Laws and Administrative Rules related to activities of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, and links to specific statutes.

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, and also covers the historical minimum wage for the past several years.

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

To contact the department, here are their details:

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Division of Labor and Management
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3681

South Dakota Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of South Dakota’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
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2021$9.452021$0.151.6%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2020$9.302020$0.202.2%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2019$9.102019$0.455.2%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2018$8.652018$00%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2017$8.652017$0.151.8%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2016$8.502016$00%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2015$8.502015$1.2517%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2014$7.252014$00%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.7011%
South Dakota Minimum Wage 2008$6.552008$00%