South Dakota minimum wage update

  • Effective January 1, 2021, the state minimum wage is $9.45 per hour. The minimum base wage for tipped employees is $4.725 per hour.
  • For tipped employees (those who engage in an occupation in which the employee customarily receives more than thirty-five $35.00 dollars a month in tips or other considerations), employers must ensure that employees receive no less than the state minimum wage when the minimum base wage and tips actually received by an employee are combined. Employers must keep a record of all tips received by the employees.
  • Employees exempted from the state’s minimum wage requirements include those employed at seasonal amusement or recreation establishments, babysitters or outside salespersons.
  • Employers may pay newly hired employees under the age of twenty (20) an opportunity or training wage of $4.25 per hour during the employee’s first ninety (90) days of employment.
  • For more information, please visit the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation website.

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