Minimum Wage Raised in 14 States, Some Cities in 2016

Jan. 1, 2016 ushered in minimum wage hikes in 14 states and several cities across the United States, bringing the former average of $8.50 an hour to now just over $9 an hour.

The 14 States with Increased Minimum Wages Beginning Jan. 1, 2016

  • Alaska $9.75 an hour
  • Arkansas $8.50 an hour
  • California $10.00 an hour
  • Colorado $8.31 an hour
  • Connecticut $9.60 an hour
  • Hawaii $8.50 an hour
  • Massachusetts $10.00 an hour
  • Michigan $8.50 an hour
  • Nebraska $9.00 an hour
  • New York $9.00 an hour
  • Rhode Island $9.60 an hour
  • South Dakota $8.55 an hour
  • Vermont $9.60 an hour
  • West Virginia $8.75 an hour

Three cities are increasing minimum wage rates in 2016: Seattle’s sliding scale minimum wage rates of between $10.50 an hour to $13 an hour took effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Los Angeles and San Francisco will begin increases in minimum wage rates there beginning July 1, 2016, with planned incremental increases up to $15 and hour over the next six years.

At this time, 29 states and Washington, D.C. have minimum wage rates above that of the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Six states have no minimum wage rates of their own, but default to that of the federal minimum wage: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Tennessee. Georgia has the lowest state-mandated minimum wage at $5.15 an hour.

Despite efforts by some members of Congress and President Obama, no agreement has been reached on raising the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which has been the law of the land since July 2009 as part of a three-step increase mandated in legislation passed in 2007.



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