• New Nevada Minimum Wage as of July 1, 2011
  • May 9, 2011 | Authors: Anthony L. Hall; Dora V. Lane
  • Law Firm: Holland & Hart LLP - Reno Office
  • This article is intended as a reminder to all Nevada employers regarding their obligations under both Nevada and federal minimum wage.  Importantly, as of July 1, 2011, Nevada’s minimum wage rates will adjust to $7.25 per hour (Tier 1, for employees who are offered a qualified health plan) and $8.25 per hour (Tier 2, for employees who are not offered a qualified health plan) per hour. 

    Nevada 2011 Minimum Wage Rates

    Future Effective Date

    Basic Minimum Rate (per hour)


    $8.25 (with no health ins. benefits provided by employer)


    $7.25 (with health ins. benefits provided by employer and received by employee)

    As of July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.  Various minimum wage exceptions apply under specific circumstances to workers with disabilities, full-time students, youth under age 20 in their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment, tipped employees and student-learners. 

    In addition, employers are subject to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (“FLSA”) minimum wage provisions which lays out that employers must post, and keep posted, a notice explaining the FLSA in a conspicuous place in all of their establishments.  The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has created a new minimum wage poster that meets the requirements of this law, which can be downloaded for free from the DOL’s website.