Iowa is one of 45 states that have enacted minimum wage laws. The minimum wage in Iowa is equal to the current Federal minimum wage rate of $7.25.
Based on 2012 data, Iowa has approximately 46,000 employees who work for minimum wage. That's about 3 percent of Iowa's non-farm employee workforce.
Although Iowa's minimum wage is only $7.25, Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who has served five terms in Congress, is leading the charge on increasing the federal minimum wage. Harkin co-sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016.
Please realize that the Iowa minimum wages cited above may have changed since we posted this minimum wage information. State minimum wages can change because new laws are enacted or because old laws contained scheduled increases. You should also be aware that state law often exempts particular company types, occupations and industries. To get the latest minimum wages for Iowa, visit www.dol.gov.
Last Updated: June 27, 2014.
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