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Tipped Employees in South Dakota

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in South Dakota must conform with these state rules regarding the treatment of tips received by employees.

In South Dakota, minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13 per hour. If the employee's tips combined with the employer's cash wages do not equal the minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference as additional wages.

Tipped employees are those engaged in occupations, other than babysitting or outside sales, in which they customarily receive more than $35 per month in tips or other considerations.

Effective March 17, 2011, the minimum wage provisions for tipped employees do not apply to certain seasonal workers employed by an amusement or recreational establishment, an organized camp, or a religious or nonprofit educational conference center if:

  • the establishment, camp, or center does not operate for more than seven months in any calendar year; or
  • during the preceding calendar year, the average receipts of the establishment, camp, or center for any six months of the calendar year were not more than thirty-three and one-third percent of its average receipts for the other six months of the year.

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