2021 Minimum Wage Update

Many states and municipalities, including Missouri, are increasing their minimum wage for 2021.  Below is a list of all the locations, their current minimum wage, the projected minimum wage for 2021, and any changes that have been announced in the years to follow.  Unless otherwise noted, the effective date of the minimum wage increase is January 1, 2021.  It also should be noted that the federal minimum wage will remain the same at $7.25/hour.  (States with an asterisk (*) have major municipalities with a different minimum wage and are discussed below.)

State 2020 2021 Of Note
Alabama $7.25 $7.25  
Alaska $10.19 $10.34  
Arizona * $12.00 $12.15  
Arkansas $10.00 $11.00  
California * $13.00 $14.00 For smaller employers with 25 or fewer employees, increasing from $12.00 to $13.00/hour.
Colorado * $12.00 $12.32  
Connecticut $12.00 $13.00 Effective 8/1/2021
Delaware $9.25 $10.25 Delaware law allows a 90-day training and a youth wage that is not more than $0.50 less than the minimum wage rate.
District of Columbia $15.00 $15.00 Annual indexing will begin on 7/1/2021.
Florida $8.56 $8.65 Increases to $10.00 on 9/30/2021
Georgia $7.25 $7.25  
Hawaii $10.10 $10.10  
Idaho $7.25 $7.25  
Illinois * $9.25 $11.00  
Indiana $7.25 $7.25  
Iowa $7.25 $7.25  
Kansas $7.25 $7.25  
Kentucky $7.25 $7.25  
Louisiana $7.25 $7.25  
Maine $12.00 $12.15  
Maryland * $11.00 $11.75 $11.60 for employers with less than 15 employees.
Massachusetts $12.75 $13.50 Increases to $14.25 on 1/1/22 and $15.00 on 1/1/23
Michigan $9.65 $9.87  
Minnesota * $10.00 $10.08 For small employers, and the 90-day training wage/youth wage, $8.21.
Mississippi $7.25 $7.25  
Missouri $9.45 $10.30 Increase annually by $0.85/hour until 2023
Montana $8.65 $8.75  
Nebraska $9.00 $9.00  
Nevada $9.00/

$8.00

$9.75/

$8.75

Effective 7/1/2021, $9.75 for employees who are not offered qualifying health insurance, $8.75 for those who are.
New Hampshire $7.25 $7.25  
New Jersey $11.00 $12.00  
New Mexico * $9.00 $10.50  
New York * $11.80 $12.50 Effective 12/31/2020.
North Carolina $7.25 $7.25  
North Dakota $7.25 $7.25  
Ohio $8.70 $8.80 For smaller companies with annual gross receipts of $323,000 or less in 2020, and for 14- and 15-year-olds, $7.25 per hour.
Oklahoma $7.25 $7.25  
Oregon * $12.00 $12.75 Effective 7/1/2021, followed by an increase to $13.50 in 2022.
Pennsylvania $7.25 $7.25 Employees who work for the Commonwealth and pursuant to contracts  with the Commonwealth are paid $12.50 with a $0.50 raise each July 1st until the minimum wage reaches $15 in 2024
Puerto Rico $6.55 $6.55 Note:  employers subject to FLSA must pay $7.25
Rhode Island $10.50 $11.50  
South Carolina $7.25 $7.25  
South Dakota $9.30 $9.45  
Tennessee $7.25 $7.25  
Texas $7.25 $7.25  
Utah $7.25 $7.25  
Vermont $10.96 $11.75  
Virginia $7.25 $7.25  
Washington * $13.50 $13.69  
West Virginia $8.75 $8.75  
Wisconsin $7.25 $7.25  
Wyoming $7.25 $7.25  

 

METROPOLITAN AREAS

State 2020 2021 Of Note
Arizona      
*City- Flagstaff* $13.00 $15.00  
California      
*City- Los Angeles (26 or more employees)* $15.00 $15.00  
*City- Los Angeles (25 or less employees)* $14.25 $15.00 Effective 7/1/2021
*City- Oakland* $14.14 $14.36  
*City- San Diego* $13.00 $14.00  
*City- San Francisco* $16.07 TBD Scheduled to increase 7/1/2021, indexed to CPI
*City- San Jose* $15.25 $15.45  
Colorado      
*City/County- Denver* $12.85 $14.77  
Illinois      
*City- Chicago* $14.00 TBD Scheduled to increase 7/1/2021, indexed to CPI
*County- Cook* $13.00 TBD Scheduled to increase 7/1/2021, indexed to CPI
Maryland      
*County- Montgomery (1-11 employees)* $13.00 $13.50 Effective 7/1/2021; increase each year on July 1st as follows: $14.00 in 2022, $14.50 in 2023, and $15.00 in 2024.
*County- Montgomery (11-50 employees)* $13.250 $14.00 Effective 7/1/2021; increase each year on July 1st as follows: $14.50 in 2022, and $15.00 in 2023.
*County- Montgomery (51+ employees)* $14.00 $15.00 Effective 7/1/2021.
Minnesota      
*City-Minneapolis (More than 100 employees)* $13.25 $14.25 Effective 7/1/2021
*City-Minneapolis (100 or fewer employees)* $11.70 $12.50 Effective 7/1/2021
New Mexico      
*City- Albuquerque (without benefits)* $9.35 $10.50  
*City- Albuquerque (with benefits)* $8.35 $9.50  
New York      
*City- New York City* $15.00 $15.00  
*County- Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester* $12.00 $14.00 Effective 12/31/2020, increase to $15.00 on 12/31/21
Oregon      
*City- Portland* $13.25 $14.00 Effective 7/1/2021, followed by an increase to $14.75 in 2022. Beginning in 2023 the wage will be $1.25/hour over the standard minimum wage.
*County- Non-Urban Counties* $11.50 $12.00 Effective 7/1/2021, followed by an increase to $12.50 in 2022. Beginning in 2023 the wage will be $1.00/hour less than the standard minimum wage.
Washington      
*City- Seattle (501 or more employees)* $16.00 $16.69  
*City-Seattle (1-500 employees)* $15.00 $16.69 Smaller employers can meet the $16.69/hour requirement by paying $15.00/hour plus $1.69/hour towards medical benefits

 

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.

 

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