Tennessee Minimum Wage Laws




Minimum wage

Tennessee has not established a state minimum wage rate. Because most employers and employees in Tennessee are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum wage set forth in that law would typically apply. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25.



Tip minimum wage

Tennessee does not have minimum wage or overtime laws and, thus, has not established a tipped minimum wage. Because most employers and employees in Tennessee are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards for tipped wages set forth in that law typically apply.

Tennessee law requires employers, including restaurants, bars, lounges, and private clubs, who include on customers’ bill a mandatory service charge, tip, or gratuity that customers likely assume will be distributed to the employees that served them to actually distribute that amount to those employees. Employers must pay this amount on the day it is paid or on the employees next pay check, or if the customer pays the amount via credit extended to it by the employer, on the day the employer collects the money from the customer or on the next pay check after the amount is collected. This rule does not apply to banquet, convention, or meeting facilities separated from the public-at-large, unless they are on the premises of a private club. It also does not apply to activities at a guest ranch. TN Code 50-2-107





Tip pooling and sharing

Tennessee does not have minimum wage or overtime laws and, thus, has not established a rules regarding tip or gratuity pooling. Because most employers and employees in Tennessee are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards for tip or gratuity pooling set forth in that law typically apply.



Subminimum wage

Employees with disabilities

Tennessee does not have minimum wage laws and, thus, does not address subminimum wage rates employers may pay to employees with disabilities. Because most employers and employees in Tennessee are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards for wage rates for employees with disabilities set forth in that law typically apply.



Trainees

Tennessee does not have minimum wage laws and, thus, does not address subminimum wage rates employers may pay to trainees. Because most employers and employees in Tennessee are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards for wage rates for trainees set forth in that law typically apply.



Apprentices

Tennessee does not have minimum wage laws and, thus, does not address subminimum wage rates employers may pay to apprentices. Because most employers and employees in Tennessee are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards for minimum wage rates for apprentices set forth in that law typically apply.



Learners

Tennessee does not have minimum wage laws and, thus, does not address subminimum wage rates employers may pay to learners. Because most employers and employees in Tennessee are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards for minimum wage rates for learners set forth in that law typically apply.



Student learners

Tennessee does not have minimum wage laws and, thus, does not address subminimum wage rates employers may pay to student learners. Because most employers and employees in Tennessee are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards for minimum wage rates for student learners set forth in that law typically apply.



Student workers

Tennessee does not have minimum wage laws and, thus, does not address subminimum wage rates employers may pay to student workers. Because most employers and employees in Tennessee are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the standards for minimum wage rates for student workers set forth in that law typically apply.