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2020 Minimum Wage in Kansas: $7.25 per hour
The last change to the minimum wage in Kansas was made in January 2010, when the state increased it to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which required states to meet federal minimum wage law. Prior to the increase enforced by federal minimum wage law, Kansas had one of the lowest state-mandated minimum wages at $2.65 an hour.
As with other states, there are some exemptions to the federal minimum wage laws set by the FLSA. Those exemptions are as follows:
- Salaried employees: According to the FLSA, employees on salary must make a wage of at least $684 per week.
- Tipped employees: As with many other states, employees that earn tips may receive a lower minimum wage, as long as the tipped amount plus the wage amount equals an average of $7.25 an hour. More on this below.
- Employees under the age of 20: Employees under the age of 20 may earn what is known as a “training wage” for their first 90 days of employment. The federal wage requirement for training wages is $4.25 an hour, and employers must increase these wages to $7.25 once the employee has completed their first 90 days.
- Student employees: Employees that are working part-time (no more than 20 hours a week) while also attending high school or college full-time may earn 85 percent of the minimum wage, which is $6.16 per hour.
In Kansas, employees that earn tips may be paid a lower minimum wage of $2.13 an hour, as long as they are also earning enough tips to equal an average of $7.25 an hour. Employers are allowed to use the tips that employees earn as “credit” towards the hourly rate of pay they provide their employees. However, employers are required to ensure that the “tip credit” does not exceed $5.12, and that employees are paid at least $2.13 an hour for their work (plus tips).
Tipped employees are defined by the state as those making at least $20 in tips per month. This can include servers, waiters, bellhops, bartenders, and others.
Besides the exemption in place for salaried employees, employees earning a minimum wage in Kansas should expect to be paid $290 per week for a full 40-hour workweek. This equates to about $58 per eight-hour workday.
Employees earning a minimum wage in Kansas and working a full-time job can expect a yearly income of about $15,080, before taxes.
Some states adjust the minimum wage based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Federal Poverty Guidelines, but the current minimum wage was last adjusted in 2009. The most recent Poverty Guidelines state that the poverty line for a two-person household is $16,910, whereas, for a single person, the poverty line is set at $12,490.
Although there is no legislation currently in the works on a federal level, state legislation may pass soon, which could increase the minimum wage and help elevate families out of poverty in Kansas.
Employees that work more than 40 hours in a workweek are entitled to overtime pay, which is time-and-a-half of their regular pay. For minimum wage employees, this equals $10.88 per hour of overtime worked.
Kansas Minimum Wage Increase News
Kansas lawmaker, D-Rep. Jim Ward of Wichita, introduced House Bill 2022 to the legislature in January of 2019. If passed, the bill would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 over a two-year span, starting with an $11 raise in 2020. The bill still sits in the House.
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