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Minimum Wage: Kentucky

Minimum Wage requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Allen S. Kinzer, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP


  • Kentucky's minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage. See Minimum Wage.
  • Kentucky allows tip pools but prohibits employers from requiring participation in a tip pool. See Credit for Tipped Employees.
  • Kentucky permits payment of subminimum wages to a "worker with a disability" or "sheltered workshop employee" to the extent the employer is authorized to do so pursuant to a certificate issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. See Subminimum Wages.
  • Local minimum wage ordinances are preempted in Kentucky. See Local Minimum Wages.