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- Many states have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.
- According to the Economic Policy Institute, 21 states raised their minimum wages at the start of 2020.
- Here are two maps that show the current minimum wage in every state, and how big the increases were for the states that just raised the wage.
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Although the federal minimum wage has stayed stable at $7.25 per hour for more than a decade, several states have stepped up and raised their own wage floors.
Many of those states have passed laws in recent years that increase wages at the start of each calendar year, and many Americans are likely to see a pay raise now that 2020 has begun.
Over the last several decades, the US has become more geographically economically divided. Large cities, especially in big coastal states, have seen dramatic economic growth powered by industries like technology and finance, while regions with big manufacturing sectors have stagnated in comparison. As wages at the bottom rise in some states rather than others, geographic gaps like that could get larger.
The Economic Policy Institute maintains a database of each state’s minimum wage and recent changes. According to that report, 21 states increased their minimum wages as of December 31 or January 1.
Here’s the current non-tipped minimum hourly wage in each state. Twenty-one states are at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
And here are the increases that took effect last week.
Several states and Washington, D.C. have minimum wage increases scheduled for later this year. On July 1, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, and Washington D.C. are all expected to raise the wage, and Connecticut is scheduled to follow on September 1.
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