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Minimum Wage: New York

Minimum Wage requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Melissa Fleischer, HR Learning Center LLC

Updating Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

Summary

  • New York's minimum wage rate for most employees is $9.00 per hour. Effective December 31, 2016, annual increases will bring the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, on a schedule that varies depending on an employer's size and location. See Minimum Wage.
  • There is a separate minimum wage for fast food employees. See Fast Food Minimum Wage.
  • Employers may make deductions from an employee's wages only for certain things. See Wage Deductions.
  • Under certain circumstances, employers may consider tips that an employee receives and the cost of meals or lodging they provide as part of the employee's minimum wage. See Credit for Tipped Employees and Meals and Lodging Allowance.
  • Employers that do not maintain employees' uniforms must pay those employees uniform-maintenance pay. See Uniform-Maintenance Pay.
  • When employees work a split shift or work longer than 10 hours in day, they must be paid an extra hour of pay at the minimum wage rate. See Split Shifts and Spread Hours.
  • If they obtain a special certificate from the New York State Department of Labor, employers may pay certain employees less than the minimum wage. See Subminimum Wages.