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Many Jurisdictions Increase Their Minimum Wage Rates in 2018 and Beyond

While the federal minimum wage is set to remain at $7.25 per hour, several states will increase their minimum wage at some point during 2018. In addition, federal contractors will be required to pay their employees $10.35 per hour. Further, many municipalities require a higher minimum wage so it is important to check with your local government to determine if your company must comply with a higher wage requirement. A summary of each state’s minimum wage and any changes follows:

State Current Rate New Rate Effective Date Future Increases
Alabama $7.25 same
Alaska $9.80 $9.84 Jan. 1, 2018
Arizona $10.00 $10.50 Jan. 1, 2018 $11.00 in 2019
Arkansas $8.50 same
California $10.50 $11.00[1] Jan. 1, 2018 $12.00 in 2019
Colorado $9.30 $10.20 Jan. 1, 2018 $11.10 in 2019
Connecticut $10.10 same
Delaware $8.25 same
Florida $8.10 $8.25 Jan. 1, 2018
Georgia $7.25 same
Hawaii $9.25 $10.10 Jan. 1, 2018
Idaho $7.25 same
Illinois $8.25 same
Indiana $7.25 same
Iowa $7.25 same
Kansas $7.25 same
Kentucky $7.25 same
Louisiana $7.25 same
Maine $9.00 $10.00 Jan. 1, 2018 $11.00 in 2019
Maryland $9.25 $10.10 July 1, 2018
Massachusetts $11.00 same
Michigan $8.90 $9.25 Jan. 1, 2018
Minnesota $9.50 $9.65[2] Jan. 1, 2018
Mississippi $7.25 same
Missouri $7.70 $7.85 Jan. 1, 2018
Montana $8.15 $8.30 Jan. 1, 2018
Nebraska $9.00 same
Nevada $8.25 same
New Hampshire $7.25 same
New Jersey $8.44 $8.60 Jan. 1, 2018
New Mexico $7.50 same
New York $9.70 $10.40[3] Dec. 31, 2017 $11.10 in 2019
North Carolina $7.25 same
North Dakota $7.25 same
Ohio $8.15 $8.30 Jan. 1, 2018
Oklahoma $7.25 same
Oregon $10.25 $10.75[4] July 1, 2018 $11.25 in 2019
Pennsylvania $7.25 same
Rhode Island $9.60 $10.10 Jan. 1, 2018 $10.50 in 2019
South Carolina $7.25 same
South Dakota $8.65 $8.85 Jan. 1, 2018
Tennessee $7.25 same
Texas $7.25 same
Utah $7.25 same
Vermont $10.00 $10.50 Jan. 1, 2018
Virginia $7.25 same
Washington $11.00 $11.50 Jan. 1, 2018 $12.00 in 2019
West Virginia $8.75 same
Wisconsin $7.25 same
Wyoming $7.25 same

 

The St. Louis employment attorneys at McMahon Berger have been representing employers across the country in labor and employment matters for over sixty years, and are available to discuss these issues and others. As always, the foregoing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice regarding any particular situation as every situation must be evaluated on its own facts. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertisements.

 

[1] For employers with 26 or more employees. Smaller employers will have to pay at least $10.50 per hour.

[2] For employers with annual gross revenues of at least $500,000. Smaller employers will pay at least $7.87 per hour.

[3] The actual wage paid varies based on the geographical location of the employee within the state.

[4] Employers in metropolitan Portland must pay $11.25 per hour and those in “nonurban” counties must pay $10.00.

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