What You Need to Know About Utah’s Minimum Wage

What You Need to Know About Utah’s Minimum Wage
Are you a business owner in Utah? Here’s a guide to keep you up-to-date on minimum wage in your state.
by Mary Hohn Nov 20, 2023 — 3 min read
What You Need to Know About Utah’s Minimum Wage

Utah is one of the few states that have not passed a law to gradually raise the minimum wage. Despite the fact that it’s not changing, as a small business owner, you need to know the current minimum wage regulations to make sure you’re compliant. Not only that, but considering the growing movement for minimum wage increases nationwide, it’s critical to stay on top of the latest developments so you can plan accordingly.

To make sure you’re in the know, here’s a rundown of need-to-know details on the minimum wage in Utah.

 

What is the minimum wage in Utah?

The minimum wage in Utah is $7.25, which is the same as the federal minimum wage. The state minimum wage last changed in 2008, when it was raised by $0.70 from $6.55 to $7.25.

Though the minimum wage applies to most Utah employees, there are some exceptions, 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 Utah minimum wage change?

There’s currently no plan to increase the minimum wage.

The most recent signs of change came in September 2021 when the South Jordan Steward Health Care’s Western Region leadership team decided to pay Utah-based hospital employees $15 an hour. This is over double the Utah state minimum wage and federal minimum wage. Even so, the state of Utah has yet to pass a bill aimed to raise the state minimum wage to $15 within the decade. As proposals to increase the minimum wage in Utah continue to be considered at the state and local level, it is not yet certain when and how the Utah minimum wage will change in the future.

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

Though there aren’t set plans for a Utah minimum wage increase, it’s wise to make sure your business is ready when the time comes. We recommend taking the steps below:

 

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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