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$7.25

What is the minimum wage in Utah?

The Utah minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. This is slightly higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. However, some cities in Utah have set their own minimum wage rates that are higher than the state and federal minimums. It's important to check with the city or county where you are employed to confirm the minimum wage rate.
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$21.66

What is the average wage in Utah?

The average hourly wage in Utah is $21.66 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, this can vary depending on the specific industry and occupation. For example, the average hourly wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was $40.26, while the average hourly wage for food preparation and serving related occupations was $11.13. Additionally, the average wage can also vary by location within the state. It is higher in urban areas such as Salt Lake City compared to rural areas.
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$10.75

What is the minimum wage in Salt Lake City, Utah?

As of January 2021, the minimum wage in Salt Lake City, Utah was $10.75 per hour for employers who provide health benefits and $12.00 per hour for those who do not provide health benefits. This is higher than the state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The city's minimum wage is set to increase annually based on the cost of living. Employers are also required to provide paid sick leave to employees, with a minimum of 40 hours per year.

Wages aren’t everything!

While pay is one of the main factors that hourly employees consider when choosing to join (or stay at) a company, it’s not the end all be all. Research shows that advancement opportunities, supportive management, and schedule flexibility are all incredibly important as well.

Want to learn more about this trend? We dive deep into the data behind which perks and benefits matter most to hourly workers. Check out our full conversation with expert Sara Wasserteil of Cara Collective.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between gross wages and net wages?

It's important to remember that the Hourly Wage Index data above reflects gross wages, or the amount of money an employee earns before accounting for payroll deductions like taxes, benefits, or wage garnishments. Due to variability in tax rates across locations, slightly lower gross wages in a certain location might result in higher take home pay, or vice versa.

What is a good hourly wage?

This question is a difficult one to answer, as a "good hourly wage" is highly subjective according to experience, work responsibilities, cost of living, and other factors. We recommend using Hourly Wage Index data as a starting point. Once you have established a baseline for certain positions, do further research into similar businesses in your area.

Lastly, consider surveying your employees. They're the best resource to help you know what is a good hourly wage, what competitive pay looks like in your location, and how competitive wages change in your industry over time.

Offering competitive pay is one of my top priorities—what other resources do you have that might help?

We know that getting applicants to pay attention to your business can be extremely challenging, and that offering competitive pay is a huge part of that. Wages aren’t everything, however! Applicant experience is another important factor that can help set you apart from your competition. A few examples include:

  • Short, easy to understand job descriptions
  • Mobile-friendliness
  • Quick communication
  • Streamlined interview stages
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