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 Oct 02, 2023 — 2 min read
What You Need to Know About Hawaii’s Minimum Wage

The Hawaii minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2024, and will incrementally rise to $18.00 by 2028. 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 minimum wage in Hawaii is increasing from $12.00 to $14.00 per hour on January 1, 2024, which is $6.75 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Tipped employees may be paid below the minimum wage as long as the combined pay from wages and tips is at least $7 more than the minimum wage. Effective Oct. 1, 2022, tipped employees can be paid $1 below the minimum wage. That changes to $1.25 below the minimum wage in 2024 and $1.50 below in 2028.

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.

Are there plans to change the minimum wage beyond 2024?

The Hawaii minimum wage will increase to $16 per hour in 2026 and $18 per hour in 2028.

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

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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