Wyoming Child Labor Law

Last update: June 10, 2023

Minimum Hiring Age in Wyoming

What is the minimum age to be employed in Wyoming? The legal age to work in Wyoming is 14, but governed by state and federal child labor laws and varies based on:

  • The type of work (e.g., agricultural or non-agricultural)
  • Whether the job is considered hazardous or has prohibited duties.
  • Whether school is in session.
  • The legal status of the minor (e.g., emancipated minors).
  • Whether the job is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

According to Federal Law (FLSA), a minor must be at least 14 years old to work for an employer (e.g. retail stores, food service establishments and gasoline service stations), with an exception for minors working for a parent or legal guardian who owns the business. This is the reason why you will never see job postings for children under the age of 14.

Age Restrictions

Minors under 14 years of age may work as newspaper deliverers, radio performers and on television, motion picture or theatrical productions. Minors 16 years of age may work at any time in any farm job.

Minimum age to drive motor vehicles (cars and small trucks) on public roads as part of jobs is basically 17 years old, with certain requirements.

Minimum age to serve and bartend alcohol in Wyoming:

Beer Wine Spirits
Serve 18 18 18
Bartend 21 21 21

Work Hours

ALLOWABLE WORK HOURS FOR MINORS UNDER 18: 1) No more than 8 hours in any 12-hour period. 2) No work before 5:00 am or after 10:00 PM on nights followed by a school day, or after midnight on days which are not followed by a school day. 3) Children not enrolled in school may work for an 8-hour period between 5:00 AM and midnight.

Maximum daily and weekly hours and days per week for minors ages 14 and 15:
Not regulated

Nightwork prohibited for minors ages 14 and 15:
10 p.m. (midnight before non-school day and for minors not enrolled in school) to 5 a.m.

Maximum daily and weekly hours and days per week for ages 16 and 17:
Not regulated

Nightwork prohibited for ages 16 and 17:
Not regulated

Work Permit

Work permit is not required. Employers of children under age 16 must maintain a proof of age.

Minimum Wages

The minimum wages in Wyoming is $7.25. FLSA allow employers to pay a youth minimum wage of not less than $4.25 an hour to employees who are under 20 years of age during the first 90 consecutive calendar days after initial employment.

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