Minimum Wage Increases for 2017

Jan 04 2017

Labor Compliance Minimum Wage

Due to the federal minimum wage remaining at $7.25 since 2009, many states, cities, and counties have increased the minimum wage on their own, letting their voters decide via local ballot. Through this method, 29 states will have a minimum wage higher than the federal level by the start of 2017.  If federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher standard applies.

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While there are arguments for and against minimum wage laws, they still are laws and must be followed.  The increases vary from as little as a nickel per hour to $2.  As always, be sure to check your local government for changes to your minimum wage requirements to avoid expensive fines, claims, and lawsuits that could result from non-conformation. 

STATES

  • Alaska - $9.80
  • Arizona - $10.00
  • Arkansas - $8.50
  • California - $10.00 for small employers; 10.50 for large employers
  • Colorado - $9.30
  • Connecticut - $10.10
  • Florida - $8.10
  • Hawaii - $9.25
  • Maine - $9.00
  • Maryland - $9.25 (July)
  • Massachusetts - $11.00
  • Michigan - $8.90
  • Missouri - $7.70
  • Montana - $8.15
  • New Jersey - $8.44
  • New York - Varies across state from $9.70 to $11 (12/31/16)*
  • Ohio - $8.15
  • Oregon - $10.25 (July 1)
  • South Dakota - $8.65
  • Vermont - $10.00
  • Washington - $11.00

*The basic minimum wage is $9.70 in most of the state. But it's higher for the fast food industry; Long Island; Westchester County; and large and small employers in New York City.

CITIES AND COUNTIES

California:

  • Cupertino - $12.00
  • El Cerrito - $12.25
  • Los Altos - $12.00
  • Mountain View - $13.00
  • Oakland - $12.86
  • Palo Alto - $12.00
  • Richmond - $12.30
  • Sacramento - $10.50 (large employers)
  • San Diego - $11.50
  • San Mateo - $12.00
  • San Jose - $10.50
  • Santa Clara - $11.10
  • Sunnyvale - $13.00

District of Columbia:

  • Washington, D.C. - $12.50 (July 1)

Iowa:

  • Johnson County - $10.10
  • Linn Country - $8.25
  • Wapello County - $8.20

Maine:

  • Portland - $10.68

New Mexico:

  • Albuquerque - $8.80
  • Bernalillo - $8.70
  • Las Cruces - $9.20

New York:

  • New York City - $11.00 (12/31/16)
  • Long Island and Westchester, NY - $10.00 (12/31/16)

Washington:

  • Seattle - $15.00
  • SeaTac - $15.35
  • Tacoma - $11.15

Sources:  Employment Policies Institute, National Employment Law Project, Fair Labor Standards Act, New York Department of Labor; California Department of Labor.

Jennifer Day

Jennifer Day

Jennifer Day has over 16 years of experience in the marketing and communications field. Before joining the Ctuit marketing team, Jennifer previously worked at a major telecom company and was in marketing communications for a major point of sales (POS) manufacturer and software provider. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge on POS technologies, software and back office systems and the understanding of how they all work together to create a seamless customer experience while increasing profitability.