2022 Colorado & Denver Minimum Wage

The 2022 Colorado minimum wage is $12.56/hr for standard pay, and $9.54/hr for tipped employees. In addition, the 2022 minimum salary requirement for exempt workers in Colorado is $45,000 ($865.38/workweek).

The City of Denver also increased the standard minimum wage for all citywide workers in 2022 to $15.87/hr for standard pay, and $12.85/hr for tipped workers.

A list of each state's minimum wage rate can be found on the US Department of Labor's website. The federal minimum wage is $7.25/hr. Effective Jan. 30, 2022, the minimum wage for federal contractors is $15.00/hr ($10.50/hr for covered tipped employees).

COLORADO & DENVER HOURLY MINIMUM WAGE, 2018 - 2022

Year Colorado Standard & Tipped Hourly Minimum Wage City of Denver Standard & Tipped Hourly Minimum Wage 
2022 $12.56 standard / $9.54 tipped $15.87 standard / $12.85 tipped
2021 $12.32 standard / $9.30 tipped
$14.77 standard / $11.75 tipped
2020 $12.00 standard / $8.98 tipped
$12.85 standard / $9.83 tipped
2019 $11.10 standard / $8.08 tipped
2018 $10.20 standard / $7.18 tipped