21 States Up Minimum Wage

(Post by Rick Dacri, January 2, 2015)

21 states upped the minimum wage, including 4 states in New England (Ct, MA, VT, & RI). The federal minimum wage has remained the same at $7.25.

Alaska: $8.75 per hour (effective February 24, 2015)
Arizona: $8.05 per hour (with tipped employees getting a minimum cash wage boost to $5.05 per hour)
Arkansas: $7.50 per hour
Colorado: $8.23 per hour
Connecticut: $9.15 per hour
Florida: $8.05 per hour (with tipped employees getting a minimum cash wage boost to $5.03 per hour)
Hawaii: $7.75 per hour
Maryland: $8.00 per hour (with another increase to $8.25 per hour set to go into effect on July 1, 2015)
Massachusetts: $9.00 per hour (with tipped employees getting a minimum cash wage boost to $3.00 per hour)
Missouri: $7.65 per hour (with tipped employees getting a minimum cash wage boost to $3.83 per hour)
Montana: $8.05 per hour (for businesses with annual gross sales of $110,000 or more; for businesses with gross sales less than $110,000, the minimum wage stays at $4.00 per hour)
Nebraska: $8.00 per hour
New Jersey: $8.38 per hour
New York: $8.75 per hour (effective December 31, 2014)
Ohio: $8.10 per hour (for workers 16 and older who work for employers grossing at least $297,000 in receipts; tipped employees also received a minimum cash wage raise to $4.05 per hour)
Oregon: $9.25 per hour
Rhode Island: $9.00 per hour
South Dakota: $8.50 per hour (with tipped employees getting a minimum cash wage raise to $4.25 per hour)
Vermont: $9.15 per hour (with tipped employees getting a minimum cash wage boost to $4.58 per hour)
Washington: $9.47 per hour
West Virginia: $8.00 per hour (effective December 31, 2014 and another increase to $8.75 per hour set to be effective December 31, 2015; in addition, tipped employees will receive a minimum cash wage boost to $2.40 per hour)

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