State Minimum Wage Increases Across America for 2017

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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

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