Minimum Wage increases in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - South Dakota's minimum wage increased to $9.10 an hour on Tuesday.

That is up 2.7% from the previous minimum wage of $8.85.

According to the Department of Labor and Regulation, the minimum wage is adjusted annually by any increase in the cost of living.

The hourly minimum wage for waiters, drivers or any other worker who receives tips is now $4.55 an hour.

One woman working in fast food here in Rapid City says although the increase is minor, it still goes a long way.

"Nowadays it's not just kids that are 15, 16 looking for you know, something to do on the weekends or during their breaks, there's actual families single mothers you know trying to support their families off of working in fast food so it's hard to see them struggle so these types of increases are most definitely better to see," said Destinee Brown, works in fast-food.

The federal minimum wage was last raised in 2009.

Since then, 29 states and the District of Columbia have set their minimum wages above the federal level.