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Minimum Wages India 2016 – Current Minimum Wage Rate India

Get information on the minimum wage rates in Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Jharkand and more at
Central Sphere
(w.e.f April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016)
Andaman & Nicobar
(w.e.f.Janaury 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016)
(w.e.f November 1, 2015)
(w.e.f. October 1, 2008)
Andhra Pradesh
(w.e.f October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016)
Himachal Pradesh
(w.e.f. October 1, 2015 to March 31. 2016)
(w.e.f May 1, 2015.)
Arunachal Pradesh
(w.e.f. February 19, 2009)
Jammu and Kashmir
(w.e.f. January 1, 2013)
(w.e.f October 1, 2015)
(w.e.f. October 1, 2015)
(w.e.f. October 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015)
(w.e.f. September 1, 2015 to February 28, 2016)
( w.e.f. April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016)
(w.e.f. April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016)
(w.e.f April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016)
( w.e.f October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016)
Kerala Sikkim
(w.e.f. November 1, 2014)
( w.e.f April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016)
(w.e.f. December 1, 2011)
Tamil Nadu
(w.e.f April 1, 2016 to March 30, 2017)
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
(w.e.f. April 1, 2015)
Madhya Pradesh
(w.e.f April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016)


(for year 2016)

Daman & Diu
(w.e.f April 1, 2015)
(w.e.f. April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016)
(w.e.f. October 1, 2015 to March 1, 2016
(w.e.f April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016)
(w.e.f. February 1, 2011)
Uttar Pradesh
(w.e.f. April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016)
(w.e.f. June 1, 2015)
w.e.f April 1, 2015)
West Bengal
(w.e.f January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016)
(w.e.f April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016)
(w.e.f. October 1, 2015)

Telangana (w.e.f April 1, 2015 to September 30, 3015)

*Revised Minimum Wages. w.e.f. date not available

Definition of Unskilled, Semi-skilled, Skilled & Highly Skilled Workers


Minimum Wage in India

Legislative protection for workers to receive a minimum wage, can be considered as the hall mark of any progressive nation. It is one of the fundamental premises of decent work. In India, the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 provides for fixation and enforcement of minimum wages in respect of scheduled employments.

The Act aims to prevent sweating or exploitation of labour1( According to the NSSO (2004-05) 61st round, around 395 million workers (86%) out of the total workforce of around 457 million workers constitute the unorganized/informal sector. In fact 7% of those employed in organized sector has been identified as informal workers raising the toll of informal sector to 422 million (92%). )through payment of low wages by ensuring a minimum subsistence wage for workers. The Act also requires the appropriate government (both at Centre and States) to fix minimum rates of wages in respect of employments specified in the schedule and also review and revise the same at intervals not exceeding five years.

Currently, the number of scheduled employments in the Central sphere is 45 whereas in the States sphere the number is 1650 (when all states are counted). With effect from November 2009, the National Floor Level of Minimum Wage has been increased to Rs 137 to Rs 100 per day (which was in effect since 2007). From July 1, 2015 the National Floor Level of Minimum Wage has been raised to Rs 160 per day.

Since the respective state governments have been empowered to independently fix minimum wages, disparities between wages in neighboring states are common. In order to reduce this problem and bring comparability the Central government has set up 5 regional committees (table below)2 for harmonization of minimum wages.

  • 5 Regional Committees in India
Current Minimum Wages
RegionStates/UTs covered
Eastern Region (6) West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
North Eastern Region (8) Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
Southern Region (6) Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Lakshadweep.
Northern Region (9) Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Delhi and
Western Region (6) Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.


Disclaimer : Minimum Wages have been provided by the Labour Departments of respective states. All efforts have been made to update the minimum wage data on a regular basis. However, there might be unforeseen errors.
Data collected by Paycheck India.

Source: Growth Pole Programme for Unorganized Sector Enterprise Development by  NCEUS, April 2009
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