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Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon said Oct. 15th that the company plans to pay all its workers a higher rate than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. He didn't say how much more. The announcement came as hundreds of Walmart workers protested in four cities, demanding full time jobs and a minimum wage of $15 per hour. Walmart is the country's largest private employer.

Oklahoma Tribes Hike Minimum Wages

Cherokee Nation: $9.50

Chickasaw Nation: $9.00 ($1.75 more than federal level of $7.25)

Osage Nation: $11.50

Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe: $9.00 ($1.75 more than federal level of $7.25)

Muscogee (Creek) Nation: $10.50

Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized tribes are exempt from state law because of their sovereign nature and can raise therefor their minimum wage, despite legislation to prevent increases. Source: OklahomaWatch 

A St. Louis restaurant owner isn't waiting for Congress or the Missouri Legislature to raise the minimum wage to boost his own workers' pay. Pi Pizzeria owner Chris Sommers says he will pay all of his employees $10.10 an hour starting on April 1, instead of the Missouri state's minimum of $7.50. Source: Seattlepi.com

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Some facts: when federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher standard applies. And tipped workers: your overtime hourly rate can never be less than your minimum wage. Check our minimum wage section.

Minimum wage and overtime protection will extend to home care workers, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants. The protection will extend to all direct care workers employed by home care agencies and other third parties starting January 1st. 2015.

Coming in 2014:
St.Petersburg, Fl - Members Florida Public Service Union 12/29/2014: $12.50 

New York - 12/31/2014: $8.75

2015:

January 1st

Alaska: $8.75

Arizona: $8.05

Arkansas: $7.50

Colorado: $8.23

Connecticut: $9.15

Federal: $10.10 for all federal (sub)contractors

Florida: $8.05

Hawaii: $7.75

Maryland: $8.00

Massachusetts: $9.00

Missouri: $7.65

Montana: $8.05

Multnomah County, Ore: $13

Nebraska: $8.00

New Jersey: $8.38 

Ohio: $8.10

Oregon: $9.25

Philadelphia city (sub) contractors: $12.00

Rhode Island: $9.00

San Diego: 9.75

San Francisco $11.05

South Dakota: $8.50

Vermont: $9.15

Washington: $9.47

West Virginia: $8.00

After January

Oakland, Ca: $12.25 by March 1st

San Francisco: $12.25 by May 1st

Delaware: $8.25 by June 1st

Chicago, IL: $10.00 by July 1st

Multnomah County, Ore: $14 by July 1st

Washington D.C.: 10.50 by July 1st

Minnesota: $8.00/7.25 by August 1st

Berkeley, Ca: $11 by Oct. 1st

New York: $9.00 by Dec. 31

2016 and onwards:

Alaska: $9.75 by Jan 2016

Arkansas: $8.50 by 2017

Berkeley, Ca.: $12.53 by Oct 2016

California $10 by 2016

Chicago, IL: $13.00 by July 2019

Connecticut to $10.10 by 2017

Delaware $8.25 by June 2016

Hawaii to $10.10 by 2018

Maryland to $10.10 by 2018 

Massachusetts to $11 by 2017

Michigan to $9.25 by 2018  

Minnesota to $9.50 by 2016

Multnomah County, Ore to $15 by 2016

Nebraska to $9.00 by Jan 2016

San Diego (Cal.) to $11.50 by 2017

San Francisco: $15 by 2018

Seattle to $15 by 2017

Vermont to $10.50 by 2018

West Virginia to $8.75 by 2016

Washington D.C. to $11.50 by 2016

Same-sex spouses generally must file their federal tax returns using a married filing separately or jointly filing status. 

Women continue to be better represented in the workforce, but the gender pay gap isn't closing. Women earn 29% less than men and in supervisory positions they even earn up to 42% less. Read more about our latest report on the Gender Pay Gap.

Westgate Resorts, which runs two properties in Las Vegas, announced a companywide minimum wage increase to $10 per hour starting Jan. 1 2015. It doesn't apply to commissioned and tipped employees, or employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Gap and IKEA Raise Minimum Wage

Gap raised the companies minimum wage to $9 per hour starting June 2014, and to $10 in June 2015.The change applies to all Gap brands in the US, such as Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperline and Athleta.

Ikea plans to raise its minimum wage from $9.17 an hour to $10.76 starting January 1. The increase will affect about half of the 11,000 employees at its 38 US stores.

Oklahoma Bans Local Minimum Wage Hikes

Oklahoma cities and towns are banned from raising the local minimum wage under a new state law. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the measure April 14, 2014. The new law also bars localities from requiring that employees receive a certain number of sick or vacation days, either paid or unpaid.

An increasing number of professionals are interested in opportunities outside the U.S. And it's not the typical globetrotter - young and unattached - looking for work overseas. So don't rule yourself out. Check here your Salary Overseas.