Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

Many states have minimum wage requirements. When a state's minimum wage rate is higher than the federal government's minimum wage rate (currently $7.25 an hour), employers in that state must pay their nonexempt employees the higher wage, except in rare situations where an employee is exempt from the state minimum wage but not the federal minimum wage. Conversely, when a state's minimum wage rate is lower than the federal minimum wage, employers in that state must pay their nonexempt employees the federal minimum wage, except in rare situations where an employee is exempt from the federal minimum wage but not the state minimum wage.

To help ensure that the minimum wage keeps pace with the rising cost of living, 11 states adjust their minimum wage rates annually. Other states adjust their minimum wage rates periodically through legislation or ballot initiatives. This Quick Reference chart sets forth the state minimum wage rates for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

It should be noted that many states also have provisions or requirements that can alter the basic minimum wage rate, such as subminimum wages; credits for tipped employees or board and lodging; and lower minimum wage rates for small employers or employers that offer health benefits. See Employee Compensation > Minimum Wage > State Requirements.

State Minimum Wage Rate Upcoming Changes

Alabama

N/A

 

Alaska

$7.75

 

Arizona

$7.90

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Arkansas

$6.25

 

California

$8.00

Will increase to $9.00 on July 1, 2014, and to $10.00 on Jan. 1, 2016.

Colorado

$8.00

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Connecticut

$8.70

Will increase to $9.15 on Jan. 1, 2015, to $9.60 on Jan. 1, 2016, and to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2017.

Delaware

$7.25

Will increase to $7.75 on June 1, 2014, and to $8.25 on June 1, 2015.

District of Columbia

$8.25

Will increase to $9.50 on July 1, 2014, to $10.50 on July 1, 2015, and to $11.50 on July 1, 2016. Will be adjusted for inflation on July 1, 2017.

Florida

$7.93

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Georgia

$5.15

 

Hawaii

$7.25

 

Idaho

$7.25

 

Illinois

$8.25

 

Indiana

$7.25

 

Iowa

$7.25

 

Kansas

$7.25

 

Kentucky

$7.25

 

Louisiana

N/A

 

Maine

$7.50

 

Maryland

$7.25

 

Massachusetts

$8.00

 

Michigan

$7.40

 

Minnesota

$6.151

Will increase to $8.00 on August 1, 2014, to $9.00 on August 1, 2015, and to $9.50 on August 1, 2016. Will be adjusted for inflation on January 1, 2018.

Mississippi

N/A

 

Missouri

$7.50

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Montana

$7.902

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Nebraska

$7.25

 

Nevada

$8.253

Will be adjusted for inflation on July 1, 2015.

New Hampshire

$7.25

 

New Jersey

$8.25

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

New Mexico

$7.50

 

New York

$8.00

Will increase to $8.75 on Dec. 31, 2014, and to $9.00 on Dec. 31, 2015.

North Carolina

$7.25

 

North Dakota

$7.25

 

Ohio

$7.954

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Oklahoma

$7.25

 

Oregon

$9.10

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Pennsylvania

$7.25

 

Rhode Island

$8.00

 

South Carolina

N/A

 

South Dakota

$7.25

 

Tennessee

N/A

 

Texas

$7.25

 

Utah

$7.25

 

Vermont

$8.73

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

Virginia

$7.25

 

Washington

$9.32

Will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2015.

West Virginia

$7.25

Will increase to $8.00 on Jan. 1, 2015, and to $8.75 on Jan. 1, 2016.

Wisconsin

$7.25

 

Wyoming

$5.15

 

1Lower minimum wage rates apply to small businesses.

2$4.00 for a business with gross annual sales of $110,000 or less

3$7.25 for an employer that provides qualifying health benefits

4$7.25 (the federal minimum wage) for an employer with gross revenues under $292,000

Additional Resources

Employee Compensation > Minimum Wage



State Minimum Wage Rates