What you need to know about Florida’s Minimum Wage
Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage increased from $8.05 to $8.10 per hour for most employees in Florida, with exceptions for tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.
The annual calculation is based on the percentage increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the South Region for the 12-month period prior to September 1, 2016. The Florida minimum wage was $7.93 per hour in 2014, $7.79 per hour in 2013, and $7.67 per hour in 2012. Due to the inflation and cost of living formula used, a minimum wage increase did not occur in January 2016.
The Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers. Employees may be paid under the Florida minimum wage if they fit into one of the following categories:
- Florida Under 20 Minimum Wage – $4.25 – Federal law allows any employer in Florida to pay a new employee who is under 20 years of age a training wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.
- Florida Student Minimum Wage – $6.89 – Full-time high school or college students who work part-time may be paid 85% of the Florida minimum wage (as little as $6.89 per hour) for up to 20 hours of work at certain employers.
- Florida Tipped Minimum Wage – $5.08 – Employees who earn a certain amount of tips every month may be paid a special cash minimum wage, but must earn at least $8.10 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Florida tipped wage.
Download the updated Florida Minimum Wage Poster here.
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