The current minimum wage for non-tipped employees in South Dakota is $7.25/hour. Effective January 1, 2015, it will increase to $8.50/hour. Thereafter, the minimum wage will be annually adjusted by any increase in cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. In no case may the minimum wage be decreased.
Tipped employees have a minimum cash wage of $2.13/hour. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, employers must pay a wage of no less than 50 percent of the prevailing state minimum wage. The employer must make sure the employees receive no less than the minimum wage and must keep a record of all tips received by employees.
South Dakota's minimum wage will be adjusted on an annual basis, increasing at the same rate as the cost of living as measured in the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. The amount of the increase will be rounded to the nearest five cents. The minimum wage cannot decrease.
The new adjusted rate will be announced on this webpage for the following year no later than Oct. 15 of each year.
|Through Dec. 31, 2014||Effective Jan. 1, 2015|
|Automatic Increases||No||Yes, tied to national Consumer Price Index|
|Tip Credit||Employer must pay tipped employees at least $2.13/hour in direct cash wages, if employee makes enough in tips to bring them up to the minimum wage.||Employer must pay tipped employees at least 50 percent of the prevailing state minimum wage, if employee makes enough in tips to bring them up to the minimum wage.|
|Subminimum Training Wage||$4.25/hour for employees under the age of 20 for first 90 calendar days of employment.||$4.25/hour for employees under the age of 20 for first 90 calendar days of employment.|
|Seasonal Amusement or Recreation Establishment Exemption||Yes, if employer meet certain criteria.||Yes, if employer meets certain criteria.|
|Source: Compiled in conjunction with the South Dakota Retailers Association, November 2014|
The information provided on this Web page should in no way be considered legal advice. For specific information about your legal rights, you should consult your personal attorney. If you have a general question, contact us.
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Division of Labor and Management
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501