Idaho – Minimum Wage Laws



Minimum wage

Idaho’s current minimum wage is $7.25. ID Statute 44-1502.

Idaho employers must also comply with federal minimum wage laws, which currently sets the federal minimum wage at $7.25. See FLSA: Minimum Wage.


Tip minimum wage

Idaho’s minimum wage for tipped employees is $3.35.

If employers decide to pay employees the tipped minimum wage, they must also ensure the employees are paid the standard minimum wage when tips received by the employees are combined with the tipped wages earned. If employees are not paid the standard minimum wage when tips and tipped wages are combined, employers must make up the difference. If a dispute arises between and employer and employee the amount of tips received by the employee, the employer is responsible for verifying the amount.

ID Statute 44-1502(2)


Tip pooling and sharing

Employers can require employees to participate in a tip pooling or sharing agreement. If employees participate in a tip pooling arrangement, an employer may only count the tips received by each employee after they are split as that employee’s tips. ID Statute 44-1502(2)


Subminimum wage

Employees with disabilities

Idaho minimum wage laws do not apply to employees with disabilities if the employer has been issued a special certificate pursuant to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ID Statute 44-1505


Trainees

Idaho minimum wage laws allows employers to pay employees who are under twenty (20) years old $4.25 per hour during the first 90 consecutive calendar days after the employees begin working for the employees. Employers may not displace other employees for purposes of hiring a trainee employee. Impermissibly displacing employees include reducing hours, wages, or employment benefits. ID Statute 44-1502(3)


Apprentices

Idaho minimum wage laws allow the Idaho Department of Labor to issue special licenses allowing employers to pay apprentices a wage rate that is lower than the standard minimum wage. The time, conditions, and wage rate applicable to the apprentice will be included in the special license. The Department of Labor may hold hearings or conduct necessary investigation prior to approving a special wage for the apprentice. ID Statute 44-1506


Learners

Idaho minimum wage laws allow the Idaho Department of Labor to issue special licenses allowing employers to pay learners a wage rate that is lower than the standard minimum wage. The time, conditions, and wage rate applicable to the learner will be included in the special license. The Department of Labor may hold hearings or conduct necessary investigation prior to approving a special wage for the learner. ID Statute 44-1506


Student learners

Idaho minimum wage laws allow the Idaho Department of Labor to issue special licenses allowing employers to pay student learners a wage rate that is lower than the standard minimum wage. A student learner is defined as an individual enrolled in a bona fide secondary school program administered by an accredited school district which includes work training experience. The time, conditions, and wage rate applicable to the student learner will be included in the special license. The Department of Labor may hold hearings or conduct necessary investigation prior to approving a special wage for the student learner. ID Statute 44-1506


Student workers

Idaho minimum wage laws allow Idaho minimum wage laws allow the Idaho Department of Labor to issue special licenses allowing employers to pay full-time students a wage rate that is lower than the standard minimum wage if the full-time student qualifies as a student learner. ID Statute 44-1506


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