Minimum Wage in Warren County, Iowa

West Des Moines, Iowa 50061


West Des Moines, IA Minimum Wage and Wage Claims

What Is the Minimum Wage in West Des Moines, IA?

You are entitled to the highest minimum wage that applies where you work, whether set by your city, county, or state government. (Most cities and counties don’t have their own minimum wage laws.)

Iowa Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Iowa is the same as the federal minimum wage: $7.25 an hour.

See FAQs on Iowa’s minimum wage and other wage laws at

What Is the Tipped Minimum Wage in West Des Moines, IA?

Some states and local governments allow employers to pay tipped employees a lower minimum hourly wage; others don't. 

Iowa Tipped Minimum Wage

In Iowa, your employer may pay you a minimum wage of $4.35 an hour, as long as you earn enough in tips to bring your total hourly pay up to the full minimum wage, $7.25 an hour. If you don’t earn enough in tips to bring your compensation to the full minimum wage, your employer must make up the difference.


Who Enforces West Des Moines, IA Minimum Wage Laws?

Iowa Enforcement Agency

If you have questions about Iowa's minimum wage, contact the

Iowa Division of Labor


Phone: 515-725-5619

You can find the address of the nearest Iowa Division of Labor office at


How to File a Wage Claim in West Des Moines, IA

If you were not paid the minimum wage in West Des Moines, IA, you may have the right to file a wage claim or complaint with a government agency. Be sure to look at the wage claim materials (below) for the agency that enforces the law you believe was violated, whether city, county, or state. 

All jurisdictions impose a time limit on how far back you may claim unpaid wages, so it's important to file your claim quickly. There may be other restrictions on the claims you may file, such as dollar-amount limits or limits on the agency’s ability to force employers to comply with the law. You may be required to ask your employer to pay you correctly before you file a claim. And, you almost always have the option to go straight to court and file a lawsuit instead of filing a wage claim with a government agency. For these reasons, it often makes sense to talk to an experienced wage and hour lawyer to make sure you know all of your options, understand the strength of your claims, and decide how to proceed.

Filing a Wage Claim with the Iowa Division of Labor

The Iowa Division of Labor has posted a wage claim form, with instructions, at its website. 


Get Help With West Des Moines, IA Wage Claims and Lawsuits

If you are considering filing a wage claim or lawsuit, you may want to speak to a local wage and hour attorney. The resources below can help you find a lawyer near you.

West Des Moines, IA Free or Low-Cost Legal Assistance

Legal aid offices provide free legal assistance to low-income people. Typically, you must qualify for legal aid based on your income. Visit Iowa Legal Aid to find local resources and legal aid offices.

Some law schools have free legal clinics that provide assistance with specific problems, including wage and hour issues and other employment matters. Find a list of law schools offering legal clinics on a variety of issues at the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono.


West Des Moines, IA Lawyer Directories

Lawyer Referral Services in Iowa. Check with the Iowa State Bar Association for information on lawyer referral services in West Des Moines, IA. Lawyer referral services match people with attorneys who specialize in particular legal fields, such as wage and hour law.

NELA’s “Find-A-Lawyer” Service. Search the National Employment Lawyer’s Association’s membership to find West Des Moines, IA lawyers who specialize in wage and hour claims and other employment issues.


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