State Minimum Wage Increases Across America for 2017

Some states will see hourly wages rise in 2017. Find out how minimum wages compare across America.

The ringing in of the new year on Jan. 1 also brought new wages for many workers across America. In 2017, the minimum wage will increase in 19 states and the District of Columbia, affecting approximately 4.4 million hourly workers.

Workers in states like Maine, Washington, Massachusetts and D.C. will see the largest increases of $1 or more per hour.

The federal minimum wage for non-exempt hourly employees is $7.25, a rate that was last increased in August of 2009. States are allowed to set their own hourly wages and workers are entitled to the higher of the two wages, according to the United States Department of Labor.

Here’s a look at what employees earn per hour across America from highest to lowest.

Hourly Minimum Wages By State

  • District of Columbia minimum wage: $12.50 ($1.00 increase)
  • Massachusetts minimum wage: $11.00 ($1.00 increase)
  • Washington minimum wage: $11.00 ($1.53 increase)
  • Connecticut minimum wage: $10.10 ($0.50 increase)
  • California minimum wage: $10.00 for small employers until 2018 (1-25 employees); $10.50 for larger employers ($0.50 increase).
  • Arizona minimum wage: $10.00 ($1.05 increase)
  • Vermont minimum wage: $10.00 ($0.40 increase)
  • Oregon minimum wage: $10.25
  • Alaska minimum wage: $9.80 ($0.05 increase)
  • New York minimum wage: $9.70 ($0.70 increase)
  • Rhode Island minimum wage: $9.60
  • Minnesota minimum wageFor large employers, with an annual sales volume of $500,000 or more, the minimum wage is $9.50; for small employers, with an annual sales volume of less than $500,000, the minimum wage is $7.75.
  • Colorado minimum wage: $9.30 ($0.99 increase)
  • Hawaii minimum wage: $9.25 ($0.75 increase)
  • Maryland minimum wage: $9.25 ($0.50 increase)
  • Nebraska minimum wage: $9.00
  • Maine minimum wage: $9.00 ($1.50 increase)
  • Michigan minimum wage: $8.90 ($0.40 increase)
  • West Virginia minimum wage: $8.75
  • South Dakota minimum wage: $8.65 ($0.10 increase)
  • Arkansas minimum wage: $8.50 ($0.50 increase)
  • New Jersey minimum wage: $8.44 ($0.06 increase)
  • Delaware minimum wage: $8.25
  • Illinois minimum wage: $8.25
  • Nevada minimum wage$8.25 without health benefits; $7.25 with health benefits.
  • Ohio minimum wage: $8.15 ($0.05 increase)
  • Montana minimum wage: $8.05 ($1.10 increase)
  • Florida minimum wage: $8.10 ($0.05 increase)
  • Missouri minimum wage: $7.70 ($0.05 increase)
  • New Mexico minimum wage: $7.50
  • Oklahoma minimum wage: $7.25
  • Idaho minimum wage: $7.25
  • Indiana minimum wage: $7.25
  • Iowa minimum wage: $7.25
  • Kansas minimum wage: $7.25
  • Kentucky minimum wage: $7.25
  • North Carolina minimum wage: $7.25
  • North Dakota minimum wage: $7.25
  • Pennsylvania minimum wage: $7.25
  • Texas minimum wage: $7.25
  • Utah minimum wage: $7.25
  • Virginia minimum wage: $7.25
  • Wisconsin minimum wage: $7.25
  • Georgia minimum wage: $7.25
  • Wyoming minimum wage: $7.25
  • New Hampshire minimum wage: $7.25
  • Alabama minimum wage: $7.25
  • Louisiana minimum wage: $7.25
  • Mississippi minimum wage: $7.25
  • South Carolina minimum wage: $7.25
  • Tennessee minimum wage: $7.25

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