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This Labor Day, Let's Talk About the Minimum Wage

Federal Minimum Wage
Minimum 
Wage per hour 
FEDERAL $7.25 - White House supports the proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
Federal (sub)contractors $10.10 - starting Jan. 1st 2015 - Read more at Minimum wage federal contractors
Minimum Wage per State
State Minimum Wage 2014 per hour
Future Minimum Wage and Notes
ALABAMA
NONE Federal minimum applies.
ALASKA $7.75 stays permanently 50 cents higher than the federal standard.
ARIZONA $7.90 Increases annually upon cost of living formula. This rate increase does not affect student workers in places as libraries and cafeterias because those positions are given by universities, which are State entities.
ARKANSAS $6.25 With an allowance for gratuities not to exceed $3.62 per hour. Small local companies with less than $500,000 in revenue per year, who do no business across state lines, will be covered under the state minimum wage of $6.25 per hour instead of getting the increased higher federal minimum wage of $7.25 on July 24, 2009.

CALIFORNIA $9.00

1/1/16: $10 
SAN FRANCISCO rate: $10.74

San Diego: 1/1 2015: $9.75, 1/1 2016: $10.50, 1/1 2017: $11.50
SAN JOSE rate:  $10.15
LONG BEACH rate  for hotel workers with more than 100 rooms: $13.00 and 5 sick days 

LA International Airport hotels rate: $10.64

Jackson Rancheria: $10.60

Berkeley rate Oct.1 2014: $10, Oct. 1 2015: $11, Oct.1 2016: $12.53

COLORADO $8.00

Calculated annually upon cost of living formula.

CONNECTICUT $8.70   

Jan. 1, 2015: $9.15 - 2016: $9.60 - 2017: $10.10

New London: $10.10 for municipal workers and contractors. 

DELAWARE $7.75

June 1 2015: $8.25

The Delaware minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum.

New Castle County employees: $10.10

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $8.25
FLORIDA $7.93 Rises with inflation. 
GEORGIA $5.15 applicable to employers with 6 or more employees, less than 6 then there is no minimum wage.
HAWAII $7.25 $7.75 in 2015; $8.50 in 2016; $9.25 in 2017; and $10.10 in 2018.
IDAHO $7.25
ILLINOIS $8.25  

New employees (First 90 days of employment) and employees under age 18 may be paid up to $0.50 less. Applicable to employers of 4 or more employees, excluding family members.

Chicago city contractors: $13.00 for contracts advertised by the city after Oct. 1 2014.

INDIANA $7.25  Employees under 20 years of age may be paid $4.25 per hour during their first 90 consecutive days of employment. Applicable to employers of 2 or more employees.
IOWA $7.25    Employers are  eligible to pay less than the minimum wage for the first 90 calendar days of employment.
KANSAS $7.25   Employees not covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standard Act are subject to Kansas minimum wage laws.
For workers under 20: $4.25.
KENTUCKY $7.25 
LOUISIANA NONE Federal minimum applies.
MAINE $7.50
MARYLAND $7.25 Jan. 1 2015: $8.00; July 2015: $8.75; July 2016: $9.25; July 2018: $10.10
The minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum wage rate.
MASSACHUSETTS
$8.00

$2.63 for service (tipped) employees, $1.60 for agricultural employees.

Jan.1 2015: $9.00, Jan. 12016: $10.00, Jan.1 2017: $11.00

MICHIGAN $8.15

2016: Jan. 1 $8.50, 85% rate: $7.25, tip $3.23

2017, Jan.1: $8.90, 85% rate: $7.57, tip $3.38

2018, Jan.1: $9.25, 85% rate: $7.86, tip $3.52

Minors 16-17 years of age may be paid 85% of the minimum hourly wage rate. A training wage of $4.25 per hour may be paid to workers 16019 years of age for the first days of employment.

MINNESOTA $8.00/$6.50    

$5.25 for a small employer (enterprise with annual receipts of less than $625,000). An employer may pay $4.90 an hour to new employees who are younger than age 20 during their first 90 consecutive days of employment.

Increase minimum wage

for large companies with annual gross sales over $500,000

August 2015:$9

August 2016: $9.50

for smaller companies with annual gross sales below $500,000:

August 2015:7.25

August 2016: $7.75

MISSISSIPPI NONE Federal minimum applies.
MISSOURI $7.50

Increases annually upon cost of living formula. Employers engaged in retail or service business whose annual gross income is less than $500,000 are required to pay the state minimum wage rate.

MONTANA $7.90

Jan.1,2015: $8.05 per hour

Increases annually upon cost of living formula. No tip credit, training wage or meal credit is allowed. The minimum pay is $4/hour for business with less than $110,000 in annual sales.

NEBRASKA $7.25 All employers having four or more full or part-time employees are subject to paying the minimum wage.
NEVADA $8.25   For a worker with health insurance coverage from his or her employer, the hourly rate is $7.25. For a worker without medical coverage, the rate is $8.25 an hour.
NEW HAMPSHIRE $7.25 The minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum wage rate.
NEW JERSEY $8.25 Jan. 1, 2015: $8.38 per hour
NEW MEXICO $7.50

Not linked to the federal rate. 

SANTA FE rate: $10.66
ALBUQUERQUE rate: $8.60,
but the minimum wage will be $7.60 if an employer provides healthcare and/or childcare benefits to the employee during any pay period and the employer pays an amount for these benefits equal to or in excess of an annualized cost of $2,500.

Bernalillo County: $8.50

NEW YORK $8.00

Jan.1 2015: $8.75, Jan. 1 2016: $9.00

Rate includes agricultural workers, although a specific credit may be granted for  meals and/or lodging provided by the employer

Minimum wage exempt employees: $543.75 p/w

Sept. 30th 2014: $13.13 for employees working on commercial projects that have received more than $1 million in subsidies from the city - with health insurance: $11.50 See more at New York Minimum Wage.

Building service janitors in residential buildings

$5.85

Dec. 31 2014: $5.85

Dec. 31 2015: $6.00

Not applicable to janitors with a weekly pay of $372.15  
Tips are not part of the minimum wage. 

All employees except janitors in residential buildings $8.00

Same as New York state minimum wage

N. CAROLINA $7.25
N. DAKOTA $7.25
OHIO $7.95  

Jan.1 2015: $8.10 for workers 16 and older working for employers with an annual gross receipts of at least $297,000. Workers of smaller companies, and for under 16 year olds: the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Current $7.95 minimum wage is for employees working in businesses grossing annual over $292,000 and:

$7.85 per hour for workers 16 and older working for employers with an annual gross receipts of at least $288,000. Workers of smaller companies, and for under 16 year olds: the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
Increases annually upon cost of living formula.

OKLAHOMA $7.25 for employers of ten or more full time employees at any one location and for employers with annual gross sale over $100,000 irrespective of number of full time employees. All other employers $2.00.
Federal minimum wage is used as reference; no amounts written in law.
OREGON $9.10

Jan. 1 2015: $9.25

increase in consumer price index since August 2009.

PENNSYLVANIA $7.25    Effective May 20th, 2014: Philadelphia's city contractors and subcontractors: $10.88 per hour, Jan. 1st 2015: $12.00 per hour.
RHODE ISLAND $8.00     Jan. 1st 2015: $9.00 per hour.
S. CAROLINA NONE Federal minimum applies.
S. DAKOTA $7.25
TENNESSEE NONE Federal minimum applies.
TEXAS $7.25 Federal minimum wage used as reference; no amounts written in law.
UTAH $7.25 Federal minimum wage used as reference; no amounts written in law.
VERMONT $8.73 

$9.15 Jan. 1, 2015

$9.60 Jan. 1, 2016
$10.00 Jan. 1, 2017
$10.50 Jan. 1, 2018

increases linked to inflation

VIRGINIA $7.25 Federal minimum wage used as reference; no amounts written in law.
WASHINGTON $9.32

Jan. 1,2015: 9.47

increases linked to inflation

SeaTac: $15.00

Seattle: to $17.00 in 2017 for employers with more than 500 workers who do not provide healthcare, in 2018 for those large employers who do and phased in through 20121 for smaller employers.

WEST VIRGINIA $7.25

Jan. 1, 2015: $8.00

Jan. 1, 2016: $8.75

Applicable to employers of 6 or more employees at one location.

WISCONSIN $7.25  
WYOMING  $5.15   
Territorial Minimum Wage
Territory Minimum Wage per hour Future Minimum Wage and Notes
AMERICAN SAMOA $4.18 - $5.59 Varies by industry:
  • Bottling, brewing, dairy prod. Ind.: $4.69
  • Construction: $5.10
  • Finance/Insurance: $5.49
  • Fish Canning/Processing Ind.: $4.76 
  • Garment Manufacturing Ind: $4.18 
  • Government Employees: $4.11 
  • Hotel Ind.: $4.50
  • Petroleum Ind.: $5.35 
  • Printing: $5.00
  • Private Hospitals/educational Institutions: $4.83 
  • Publishing: $5.13
  • Retailing, Wholesaling, Warehousing Ind.: $4.60 
  • Ship Maintenance: $5.01
  • Shipping and Transportation: Class A Stevedoring, Lighterage and Maritime Shipping Agency Activities: $5.59 
  • Shipping and Transportation: Class B Unloading Fish: $5.42
  • Shipping and Transportation: Class C other activities than above: $5.38
  • Tour and Travel Ind.: $4.98 
  • Miscellaneous Activities: $4.20
Federally mandated 50 cent minimum wage increases are to go into effect annually until the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is reached.
GUAM $7.25
NORTHERN
MARIANA ISLANDS
(CNMI)
$5.55

President Obama signed September 2013 a bill that delayed a 50 cent increase on September 30th 2015. It means that an increase is not expected until September 2016.

The July 2007 wage increase kicked off the nine-step increase of 50 cents every year until the CNMI's minimum wage reaches the federal wage floor of $7.25 an hour.

PUERTO RICO $5.08 - $7.25 Varies by industry. Employers not covered by the FLSA will be subject to a minimum wage that is at least 70 percent of the Federal minimum wage or the applicable mandatory decree rate, whichever is higher. The Secretary of Labor and Human Resources may authorize a rate based on a lower percentage for any employer who can show that implementation of the 70 percent rate would substantially curtail employment in that business.
U.S. VIRGIN 
ISLANDS
$7.25 Except businesses with gross annual receipts of less than $150,000, then $4.30. (In practice, the Virgin Islands adopts the Federal per hour rate)
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