What Is the Minimum Wage in Arizona?

Dayton Uttinger  | 

Arizona has passed some pivotal minimum wage reforms in the past couple of years. However, the same standard does not apply to every employee.

2019 Minimum Wage in Arizona: $11 per hour

The minimum wage in Arizona is $11 per hour. This is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

The following employees are exempt from the state minimum wage laws:

  • Someone employed by their parents or a sibling.
  • A babysitter that works in their employer’s home on a casual basis.
  • Someone employed by the State of Arizona or the US Government.
  • Someone employed by a small business that grosses less than $500,000 in annual revenue under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Tipped: $8 per hour

Tipped employees are only entitled to $8.00 per hour with the expectation that they will make up the difference in tips. If a tipped employee does not make at least $11 per hour, the state minimum, when accounting for their tips and their wage, then their employer must make up the difference.

Arizona does not define a “tipped employee,” so any employee that receives tips could be considered one.

Weekly: $440

The weekly minimum wage in Arizona is $440. This is calculated by taking the minimum wage ($11 per hour) and multiplying it by the number of hours customarily worked during a full workweek (40 hours). This results in $440 per week.

Annually: $22,880

The annual minimum wage in Arizona is $22,880. This is calculated by taking the weekly minimum wage ($440) and multiplying it by the number of weeks in a year (52). This results in $22,880.

However, this does not account for holidays or vacation time. An employer has some leeway on how to handle those situations, so not every employee is guaranteed holiday pay.

Overtime: $16.50 per hour

If an employee works over 40 hours in a week, any hour afterwards counts as “overtime.” These hours are paid at one-and-a-half times the employee’s hourly rate.

In Arizona, the minimum wage is $11 per hour, and that multiplied by one-and-a-half is $16.50.

Arizona Minimum Wage Increase News

The minimum wage will continue to increase over the next few years according to recent state legislation.

On January 1, 2020, the minimum wage will be raised to $12 an hour.

The next year and all years after, the minimum wage will increase according to the cost of living.

Flagstaff Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Flagstaff is $12 per hour, and the tipped minimum wage is $9 per hour.

They have a plan in place to increase the minimum wage to $15.50 by 2022, and will adjust it according to the cost of living thereafter.

Phoenix Minimum Wage

The Phoenix City Council has recently voted to increase the minimum wage for city employees to $15 per hour. This only applies to employees who work for the city of Phoenix, as opposed to all residents working within the municipal district.


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Dayton is a chronic Wikipedia addict, which is detrimental to her social life but stellar for her writing. She resides in Boise, ID, surrounded by her own frantic outlines, highlighted encyclopedias, and potatoes. The latter was not by choice.

This post was updated July 15, 2019. It was originally published July 15, 2019.