A handful of states updated their minimum wage rates resulting in 0 states with minimum wages below the federal $7.25/hr rate, 30 and DC above the federal rate, and 20 that default to the federal rate.
A record 21 states raised the minimum wage levels effective Jan. 2021, putting 30 states above the federal level.
Several states’ minimum wage hikes went into effect on July 1. Compare and contrast the rates for each state.
Biden signed an executive order on Apr. 27, 2021 that will raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour effective in 2022. The raise is expected to impact hundreds of thousands of workers.
On Jan. 14, 2021, President Joe Biden included a $15 minimum wage in the America Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 (coronavirus) rescue package. Biden, however, expressed doubt that the minimum wage increase included would survive a Senate vote.
The federal minimum wage remains $7.25 an hour, while 29 states have higher minimum wages up to $15 an hour in California and DC.
The minimum wage in Florida will rise from the current $8.56 to $10.00 in 2021, and then rise by $1.00 each year until the wage reaches $15.00 in 2026.
32 states and DC have minimum wages higher than the federal rate of $7.25 an hour, while two states have lower rates. Find where your state falls in this updated resource.
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18 states increased their state-level minimum wages at the beginning of 2018. Currently, 29 states and DC have a minimum wage higher than the federal level of $7.25 an hour. Washington has set the highest state minimum wage at $11.50 an hour; DC is at $12.50.