What You Need to Know About Hawaii’s Minimum Wage

What You Need to Know About Hawaii’s Minimum Wage
Are you a business owner in Hawaii? Here’s a guide to keep you up-to-date on minimum wage in your state.
by Mary Hohn Sep 02, 2022 — 2 min read
What You Need to Know About Hawaii’s Minimum Wage

The Hawaii minimum wage isn’t set to increase this year, but it’s important to make sure you’re up to date on regulations to stay compliant. As a business owner, you need to be aware of potential changes so you can plan for the future.

To make sure you’re on top of the latest, here’s a rundown on the minimum wage requirements in the Aloha State.

What is the minimum wage in Hawaii?

The current minimum wage in Hawaii is $10.10 per hour, which is $2.85 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. The state minimum wage last changed in January 2018, when it increased from $9.25. This was the fourth and final rise in a series of gradual increases approved in 2014.

Some additional minimum wage regulations apply for specific categories of employee in Hawaii, including:

Keep in mind that some counties, cities, and towns may have their own minimum wage laws. Be sure to check what local wage laws may apply to you.

Will the minimum wage change in 2022?

As of now, there’s no definitive plan for a minimum wage increase, and the Hawaii minimum wage in 2021 will stay at $10.10. However, since the beginning of 2020, lawmakers have discussed raising the minimum wage to $13 by 2024.

Are there plans to change the minimum wage beyond 2022?

Hawaii’s minimum wage is a regular topic of conversation, given the cost of living. Hawaii’s Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) estimates the basic minimum living wage for a single person in Hawaii is approximately $17 per hour. And during future legislative sessions, it seems likely the state legislature will be considering bills to gradually increase the Hawaii minimum wage.

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

While there’s not an immediate plan for a Hawaii minimum wage increase, it’s smart to proactively prepare for potential changes. To ensure you’re ready, we suggest taking the following steps:


While these are helpful guidelines to follow, to make sure your business is prepared and stays in compliance, you should discuss Hawaii minimum wage laws with your accountant and lawyer.

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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