Vermont minimum wage rate is $12.55 per hour in 2022. Workers receive a higher minimum wage in Vermont that exceeds the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. The Vermont 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. 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 Vermont

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 Vermont.
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Hourly Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees in Vermont

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 Vermont, 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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Vermont minimum wage in 2021: US$11.75 (effective January 1, 2021)

Vermont minimum wage in 2020: US$10.96

Vermont minimum wage in 2000: US$5.75 ($8.86 after inflation adjustment)

Vermont minimum wage in 1980: US$3.10 ($10.39 after inflation adjustment)

People's Opinions on Minimum Wage in Vermont

The gradual elimination of the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers is crucial to improving the lives and economic prospects of low-wage workers in Vermont.


Summary of Vermont's wage and hour laws, which refers to provisions on the minimum wage, overtime rules, and requirements for meal breaks and rest periods.


High school students, nonprofit employees, taxi drivers, agricultural and domestic workers, and government employees are exempt from Vermont's minimum wage laws.


Vermont minimum wage laws exclude students working during all or any part of the school year or regular vacation periods from the minimum wage requirements.


Vermont’s wage laws and regulations are similar, except Vermont employers must pay the state’s minimum wage rate, since it is higher than the federal rate.


The Vermont Wage & Hour Program oversees state law and adopted rules concerning minimum wage, overtime, wage payments, employee benefits, child labor, and workplace rights for employees and employers.


Like other states, Vermont exempts many employees from the minimum wage laws including domestic workers, executives, outside sales people, taxi drivers and agricultural workers.


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


Shows Vermont’s minimum wage, tells when the next increase will be, and explains when employers don't have to pay the minimum wage for some types of jobs or employees.


Normally, Vermont’s minimum wage rate is adjusted every year for inflation as measured by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the prior year.


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