Nevada Minimum Wage
What are Minimum Wages in Nevada?
What's the minimum wage in Nevada? 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 Nevada.
As of January 1, 2021, minimum wage in Nevada is is either $9.00 or $8.00, depending on health care benefits.
Businesses that don't offer health care benefits must pay $9.00 per hour, while those that offer health insurance benefits need only pay $8.00 per hour.
Nevada is one of 45 states that have enacted minimum wage laws.
It is the only state with this type of two-tiered minimum wage requirement based on health insurance. The background is that Nevada voters passed constitutional amendments in 2004 and 2006 that allowed Nevada employers to pay $1 per hour less "if the employer provides health benefits." However, a 2014 class-action lawsuit alleged that the state government and Nevada businesses are illegally using the healthcare benefits provision to avoid paying the higher minimum wage. The lawsuit was not successful.
Nevada is now on a path to increase its minimum wage by 75 cents each year, through 2024. These planned increases were enacted by the Nevada Legislature in 2019 via Assembly Bill 456.
According to 2012 US Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Nevada then had 23,000 minimum wage workers, equating to 3.2 percent of the state's hourly workforce.
Please realize that the Nevada 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 Nevada, visit www.dol.gov.
Last Updated: January 4, 2021.
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