South Dakota minimum wage rate is $9.95 per hour in 2022. Workers receive a higher minimum wage in South Dakota that exceeds the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. The South Dakota minimum wage applies to most employees, with limited exceptions, including certain tipped employees, students or part-time workers, and other exempt occupations. The top 5 minimum wage states in the U.S. are District of Columbia, California, Washington, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour and has not increased since 2009. Demand for a living wage that is fair to workers is rising. In response to this rising demand, numerous states, cities, and other localities have already enacted or will change minimum wage levels. In the few states with no established minimum wage, the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour will continue to apply.
Based on local legislation, many states have already enacted minimum wage increases or approved increases due for implementation at a future date.
These ever-changing laws, effective dates, and methodologies result in minimum wages that may change at different times or differ dramatically within a state or region. Minimum wage changes can be triggered for a location when these pre-determined conditions change and require careful monitoring to ensure compliance to the latest wage levels.
Salary.com continuously tracks all these complex changes. We can help to keep you informed about future changes and stay up to date on the latest minimum wage levels in your essential locations. Show me more data to view U.S. state minimum wages for future years.

Browse Minimum Wage by Year, and Forecast Minimum Wage Increase Trends in South Dakota

The minimum wages in some states are higher than the federal minimum wage in 2022, including District of Columbia, California, Washington, Massachusetts, and others. Many of the minimum wage increases were effective on January 01, 2022. Some states have effective dates occurring at different months of the year. Check the chart to stay up to date on the hourly minimum wage in South Dakota.
View upcoming minimum wage changes to be on top of future changes to the minimum wage in your location.

Hourly Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees in South Dakota

The tipped minimum wage is the lowest amount employers can pay an employee in occupations such as a bartender or server, that regularly receive more than $30 a month in tips. In some states, the tipped minimum wage may be lower than the non-tipped minimum wage because employers can claim a tip credit.
It is important to note that the tipped minimum wage can vary depending on where your business is and the size of the business. In some states, the tipped minimum wage is equal to the overall minimum wage for that state. In some locations, the federal tipped minimum wage applies. In other locations, the state-tipped minimum wage is set above the federal minimum. Tipped minimum wages may vary from state to state and can be frequently adjusted, making it essential to stay informed about the latest wage levels.
In South Dakota, the tipped minimum wage is the same as the state minimum wage. It may be subject to adjustment based on other criteria, such as the size of the business.
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South Dakota minimum wage in 2021: $9.45 (effective January 1, 2021)

South Dakota minimum wage in 2020: $9.30

South Dakota minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 after inflation adjustment)

South Dakota minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($7.71 after inflation adjustment)

People's Opinions on Minimum Wage in South Dakota

South Dakota’s minimum wage rate increases annually each January 1, at the same rate as the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

09/07/2021

Overview of South Dakota's wage and hour laws, which include provisions for minimum wage and requirements for meal and break periods, with some exceptions.

08/31/2021

According to the South Dakota Department of Labor, the minimum wage is annually adjusted by any increase in the cost of living, as measured in the Consumer Price Index.

08/30/2021

As a small business owner, it’s essential that you stay up to date on the South Dakota minimum wage requirements to make sure you’re compliant.

08/25/2021

As part of the South Dakota minimum wage increase, the rate is adjusted by any increase in the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

08/20/2021

While these are helpful guidelines to follow, to make sure your business is prepared and stays in compliance, you should discuss South Dakota’s minimum wage laws with your accountant and lawyer.

08/19/2021

The South Dakota minimum wage is subject to a cost-of-living adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index no later than October 15th of each year.

08/18/2021

A spokesperson for the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulations says they do not track the number of minimum wage earners in the state.

07/30/2021

For example, seasonal amusement or recreation establishments that are closed at least five months of the calendar year are not subject to South Dakota minimum wage laws.

07/22/2021

In addition to any South Dakota-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.

06/28/2021

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