Current Minimum Wage in Kentucky
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the “floor” minimum wage for eligible workers in the U.S. But, many states and some local governments set their own minimum wage. Workers are entitled to be paid the highest minimum wage that applies where they work, whether it is set by federal, state, or local law.
The minimum wage in Kentucky is the same as the federal minimum wage: $7.25 an hour.
However, two cities in Kentucky -- Lexington and Louisville -- have passed ordinances setting a higher minimum wage. If you work in one of these cities, you are entitled to earn the higher local minimum wage. Employees in Lexington must be paid at least $8.20 an hour (starting in July 2016); employees in Louisville must be paid at least $8.25 an hour (also starting in July 2016).