Iowa Minimum Wage

What are Minimum Wages in Iowa?

What's the minimum wage in Iowa? For entrepreneurs and small business owners with employees, it's important to know whether your state has a minimum wage law. Information on minimum wages can be tough to find so we've done the research for you. Here's the minimum wage for Iowa.

As of January 1, 2021, minimum wage in Iowa is $7.25.

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.

A study by the Iowa Citizens Action Network found that 216,000 people in Iowa could benefit from an increase in the state's minimum wage.

Although Iowa's minimum wage is only $7.25, Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who served five terms in Congress, was a leading proponent of increasing the federal minimum wage. Harkin co-sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would have increased the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, but he failed to get enough support and the bill was killed.

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

Last Updated: January 4, 2021.

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  • posted on 7/28/2009
    NOBODY CAN LIVE ON $7.25 an hour here. ARe you CRAZY?
  • posted on 9/28/2010
    You can go to accross the river to Illinois and make at least A dollar more an hour for min. wage! Why is it that Iowa is behind Illinois on wages? They were at one time paying more than Illinois. Explain that one? Pay more an hour than maybe people can spend more and have more jobs stay and not leave!

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