Minimum Wage Is On The Rise



As of January 1st 2019, 22 of the 50 states are experiencing a raise in their minimum wage. This means a higher hourly wage for employees that work in places like fast food resturants, grocery and specialty stores and other hourly paid jobs. For some people this raise in wages means that paying bills and living a little more comfortably will be possible.

The reasons for wage increases differ between each state. Some states increased to keep up with the cost of living. Others increased as apart of government policies to raise minimum wage to a certain about over the course of a few years. For example, minimum wage in New York State was $10.40 at the end of 2018. The new wage, is $11.10 effective January 1st. As apart of the government plan passed in 2016 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NY State minimum wage will slowly hike every year until it reaches its proposed maximum of $15 by 2021.

Here is a list of minimum wage increase by state. Take a look and see if your state will be dishing out more money.


Alaska

Current minimum wage: $9.84

2019 minimum wage: $9.89

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Arizona

Current minimum wage: $10.50

2019 minimum wage: $11

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Arkansas

Current minimum wage: $8.50

2019 minimum wage: $9.25

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

California

Current minimum wage: $11 for large employers; $10.50 for small employers

2019 minimum wage: $12 for large employers; $11 for small employers

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Colorado

Current minimum wage: $10.20

2019 minimum wage: $11.10

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Delaware

Current minimum wage: $8.25

2019 minimum wage: $8.75 and then another to $9.25

Effective date: First increase in January; second increase in October

District of Columbia

Current minimum wage: $13.25

2019 minimum wage: $14

Effective date: July 1, 2019

Florida

Current minimum wage: $8.25

2019 minimum wage: $8.46

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Maine

Current minimum wage: $10

2019 minimum wage: $11

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Massachusetts

Current minimum wage: $11

2019 minimum wage: $12

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Michigan

Current minimum wage: $9.25

2019 minimum wage: $9.48

Effective date: 90 days after the Michigan legislature adjourns, approximately late March or early April

Minnesota

Current minimum wage: $9.65 for large employers; $7.87 for small employers

2019 minimum wage: $9.86 for large employers; $8.04 for small employers

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Missouri

Current minimum wage: $7.85

2019 minimum wage: $8.60

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Montana

Current minimum wage: $8.30

2019 minimum wage: $8.50

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Nevada

Current minimum wage: $8.25 with no benefits; $7.25 with benefits

2019 minimum wage: The Nevada Labor Commissioner will determine in April whether to increase the state's minimum wage in 2019 based on a formula in the state constitution.

Effective date: July 1, 2019

New Jersey

Current minimum wage: $8.60

2019 minimum wage: $8.85

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

New York

Current minimum wage: $13 for large employers in New York City; $12 for small employers in New York City; $11 in Long Island and Westchester County; and $10.40 everywhere else

2019 minimum wage: $15 for large employers in New York City; $13.50 for small employers in New York City; $12 in Long Island and Westchester County; and $11.10 everywhere else

Effective date: Dec. 31, 2018

Ohio

Current minimum wage: $8.30

2019 minimum wage: $8.55

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Oregon

Current minimum wage: $12 in Portland; $10.75 standard; and $10.50 in rural areas

2019 minimum wage: $12.50 in Portland; $11.25 standard; and $11 in rural areas

Effective date: July 1, 2019

Rhode Island

Current minimum wage: $10.10

2019 minimum wage: $10.50

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

South Dakota

Current minimum wage: $8.85

2019 minimum wage: $9.10

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Vermont

Current minimum wage: $10.50

2019 minimum wage: $10.78

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019

Washington

Current minimum wage: $11.50

2019 minimum wage: $12

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