US Minimum Wages

The Federal minimum wages for employees is $7.25 per hour that went effective as of July 24, 2009. In addition, many states also have  their minimum wage laws some are higher than Federal minimum wages.  Where an employee is subject to both the state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher minimum wage rate.

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State Hourly Wage Notes
Alabama None Federal minimum applies.
Alaska $8.75 Alaska’s minimum wage increased to $8.75 on February 28, 2015, and will increase to $9.75 in 2016.
Arizona $805 Arizona’s minimum wage increased to $8.05 on January 1, 2015. The state tipped minimum wage is $3 per hour less.
Arkansas $7.50 Arkansas’ minimum wage will increase to $8.00 in 2016 and to $8.50 by 2017.
California $9.00 California’s minimum wage will increase to $10.00 on January 1, 2016.
Colorado $8.23 This rate is adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index. The tipped wage is $3.02 less than the minimum wage
Connecticut $9.15 Connecticut’s minimum wage increased to $9.15 on January 1, 2015.
Delaware $8.25  Delaware’s minimum wage increased to $8.25 on June 1, 2015.
District of Columbia $8.25 This rate is automatically set at $1 above the Federal minimum wage rate if the District of Columbia rate is lower.
Florida $8.05 This rate is adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.
Georgia $5.15 The State Minimum Wage is Only Applicable to employers of 6 or more employees. If less than 6 then there is No Minimum at All. Not linked to the federal rate.
Hawaii $7.75  Hawaii’s minimum wage increased to $7.75 on January 1, 2015, and will increase to $10.10 by January 1, 2018.
Idaho $7.25
Illinois $8.25 The minimum wage will increase to $8.25 on July 1, 2010. Employers may pay anyone under the age of 18 $0.50 less. Tipped employees earn $4.65 (employers may claim credit for tips, up to 40% of wage).
Indiana $7.25
Iowa $7.25 Most small retail and service establishments grossing less than 300,000 annually are not required to pay the minimum wage. Tipped employees can be paid 60% of the minimum wage, which is currently $4.35.
Kansas $7.25 Increasing to $7.25 on January 1, 2010. Employees not covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standard Act are subject to Kansas’ current minimum wage laws.
Kentucky $7.25
Louisiana None Federal minimum applies.
Maine $7.50 Increasing to $7.50 on October 1, 2009
Maryland $8.25 Maryland’s minimum wage will increase by increments to $10.10 by July 1, 2018. Wage increases are as follows, $8.00 on January 1, 2015; $8.25 on July 1, 2015; $8.75 on July 1, 2016; $9.25 on July 1, 2017; and $10.10 on July 1, 2018.
Massachusetts $9.00 Massachusetts’ minimum wage will increase to $11.00 by 2017 making it the highest minimum-wage in the country at the state level.
Michigan $8.15 Michigan’s minimum wage will increase to $9.25 by September 2018.
Minnesota $9.00 For large-employer, the minimum wage became $8.00/hour on Aug 1, 2014; becomes $9.00 on Aug 1, 2015; and $9.50 on Aug 1, 2016.
Mississippi None Federal minimum applies.
Missouri $7.65 Changes yearly in response to inflation.
Montana $8.05 This rate is adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.
Nebraska $8.00  Minimum wage rate will increase to $9.00 in 2016.
Nevada $8.25 The minimum wage has been $8.25 ($1 higher than the federal minimum) since July 1, 2010.
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 $8.38  New Jersey’s minimum wage increased to $8.38 on January 1, 2015.
New Mexico $7.50
New York $8.75 The Minimum Wage rate increased to $8.75 on December 31, 2014, and will increase to $9.00 on December 31, 2015.
North Carolina $7.25
North Dakota $7.25
Ohio $8.10 This rate is adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.
Oklahoma $7.25 Federal minimum wage used as reference; no actual amounts written in law.  $2.00/hour for work not covered by federal minimum wage OK Statutes 40-197.5
Oregon $9.25 This rate is adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.
Pennsylvania $7.25
Rhode Island $9.00 Rhode Island’s minimum wage increased to $9.00 in 2015.
South Carolina None Federal minimum applies.
South Dakota $8.50 South Dakota’s minimum wage increased to $8.50 on January 1, 2015, and is indexed to inflation.
Tennessee None Federal minimum applies.
Texas $7.25 Federal minimum wage used as reference; no actual amounts written in law.
Utah $7.25 Federal minimum wage used as reference after legislative action; no actual amounts written in law. Current rate took effect on September 8, 2007.
Vermont $9.15 Vermont’s minimum wage increased to $9.15 on January 1, 2015, will increase to $10.50 by January 1, 2018, and will be indexed to inflation beginning on January 1, 2019.
Virginia $7.25 Federal minimum wage used as reference; no actual amounts written in law.
Washington $9.47 This rate is adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.
West Virginia $8.00 Applicable to employers of 6 or more employees at one location not involved in interstate commerce.
Wisconsin $7.25
Wyoming $5.15