Your Guide to the Arkansas Minimum Wage

Your Guide to the Arkansas Minimum Wage
Here's a guide to keep business owners in Arkansas up to date on state minimum wage requirements.
by Mary Hohn Oct 02, 2023 — 2 min read
Your Guide to the Arkansas Minimum Wage

Arkansas voters passed a ballot measure for a series of minimum wage increases that started in 2018.

To make sure you’re up to date on the upcoming increases, we’ve put together this guide for business owners on the current minimum wage in Arkansas.

What is the current minimum wage in Arkansas?

The current Arkansas minimum wage is $11, and it has not changed since 2021. The wage increase was approved in the 2018 November election, and it boosted wages for an estimated 300,000 workers — about a quarter of the state’s workforce.

The current Arkansas minimum wage applies to most employees:

Are there plans to change the minimum wage in 2024?

Arkansas is one of the states where minimum wage increases are decided by ballots. In 2021, the last of the proposed minimum wage increases from the 2018 votes were implemented. Whether another increase will take place in 2024 is yet to be determined.

Considering the Arkansas minimum wage increase, it’s important to take proactive measures to ensure your business is prepared.

How should small business owners prepare for changes to the minimum wage?

As an employer in Arkansas, you may be accustomed to making minimum wage increase adjustments already. In case you need some tips, we recommend the following:


While these are helpful guidelines to follow, make sure your business is prepared and stays in compliance, you should discuss Arkansas minimum wage laws with your accountant and lawyer. Learn more here about how to manage cash flow and price out your goods and services to align with changing trends.

Mary Hohn
Mary Hohn writes for Square, where she covers topics that affect business owners — from starting a business to growing a business — and the tools and technology that help them succeed.


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