Last updated on: 11/4/2020 | Author: ProCon.org

State-by-State Minimum Wage Levels

(as of Nov. 4, 2020)

33States + DC Have a Minimum Wage Higher than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 an Hour

2States (Georgia and Wyoming) Have a Minimum Wage Lower than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 an Hour

$14.00DC has the highest minimum wage

The table below reflects state minimum wage levels on Nov. 4, 2020. When a state minimum wage is set at a higher rate than the federal minimum wage, the highest rate prevails. When a state minimum wage is lower than the federal minimum wage, the state must pay the federal minimum wage to all those employed in roles covered by federal laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act. Some cities and jurisdictions have higher minimum wages than the state rates listed below.

 StateCurrent LevelFuture Level (Date)
1AlabamaNo state laws
2Alaska$10.19
3Arizona$12.00
4Arkansas$10.00$11.00 (2021)
5California
-Large employers (26+ employees)$13.00$15.00 (2022)
-Small employers (<26 employees)$12.00$14.00 (2023)
6Colorado$12.00
7Connecticut$12.00$15.00 (2023)
8Delaware$9.25
District of Columbia (DC)$15.00
9Florida$8.56$10.00 (2021)
$15.00 (2026)
10Georgia$5.15
11Hawaii$10.10
12Idaho$7.25
13Illinois$10.00$15.00 (2025)
14Indiana$7.25
15Iowa$7.25
16Kansas$7.25
17Kentucky$7.25
18LouisianaNo state laws
19Maine$12.00
20Maryland$11.00$15.00 (2025)
21Massachusetts$12.75$15.00 (2023)
22Michigan$9.65$12.05 (2030)
23Minnesota
-Large employers (annual receipts of $500,000+)$10.00
-Small employers (annual receipts of <$500.000)$8.15
24MississippiNo state laws
25Missouri$9.45$12.00 (2023)
26Montana$8.65
27Nebraska$9.00
28Nevada
-With no health insurance benefits from employer$9.00$12.00 (2024)
-With health insurance benefits from employer$8.00$11.00 (2024)
29New Hampshire$7.25
30New Jersey$11.00$15.00 (2024)
31New Mexico$9.00$12.00 (2023)
32New York$11.80$12.50 (Dec. 31, 2020)
33North Carolina$7.25
34North Dakota$7.25
35Ohio
-Employers with annual receipts of $305,000+$8.70
-Employers with annual receipts of <$305,000$7.25
36Oklahoma$7.25
37Oregon$12.00$13.50 (2022)
38Pennsylvania$7.25
39Rhode Island$11.50
40South CarolinaNo state laws
41South Dakota$9.30
42TennesseeNo state laws
43Texas$7.25
44Utah$7.25
45Vermont$10.96
46Virginia$7.25
47Washington$13.50
48West Virginia$8.75
49Wisconsin$7.25
50Wyoming$5.15

Sources:
  1. National Conference of State Legislatures, “State Minimum Wages – 2020; Minimum Wage by State,” ncsl.org, Aug. 20, 2020
  2. Jacob Pramuk, “Florida Votes to Raise State’s Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour,” cnbc.com, Nov. 4, 2020
  3. US Department of Labor, “State Minimum Wage Laws,” dol.gov, Oct. 1, 2020