List of US minimum wage increases in 2018-feature

Approximately 4.5 million low wage workers in 18 states saw an increase in their paychecks beginning New Year’s Day, 2018, as wage hikes took effect. These states already had rates above the federal floor of $7.25 an hour.

HuffPost YouGov poll last year found that more than half of all Americans thought a minimum wage raise would be good for workers, while only a third thought it would be a bad idea.

Federal Minimum Wage

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and has not increased since July 2009. When the state, city or county minimum wage rate is higher than the federal rate, employers are required to pay workers the higher amount.

The debate around the federal floor is becoming more and more academic since not many Americans work for $7.25 an hour these days. According to the Washington Post, in 2016, just 2.7 percent of the country’s 79.9 million hourly workers earned that amount.


In states with no minimum-wage law (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee) or minimum wages below the federal minimum wage (Georgia and Wyoming), the federal minimum wage of $7.25 applies.

Here are the 18 states with new minimum wages in 2018, according to the Economic Policy Institute:

  1. Alaska: $9.84 ($.04 increase)
  2. Arizona: $10.50 ($.50 increase)
  3. California: $11.00 ($.50 increase)
  4. Colorado: $10.20 ($.90 increase)
  5. Florida: $8.25 ($.15 increase)
  6. Hawaii: $10.10 ($.85 increase)
  7. Maine: $10.00 ($1.00 increase)
  8. Michigan: $9.25 ($.35 increase)
  9. Minnesota: $9.65 ($.15 increase)
  10. Missouri: $7.85 ($.15 increase)
  11. Montana: $8.30 ($.15 increase)
  12. New Jersey: $8.60 ($.16 increase)
  13. New York: $10.40 ($.70 increase)
  14. Ohio: $8.30 ($.15 increase)
  15. Rhode Island: $10.10 ($.50 increase)
  16. South Dakota: $8.85 ($.20 increase)
  17. Vermont: $10.50 ($.50 increase)
  18. Washington: $11.50 ($.50 increase)

New York’s minimum wage rate depend on the geographic location of the workplace, the size of the employer’s workforce, and the calendar. Since New York’s increases are complicated, here’s a separate breakdown of the minimum wage changes:

  • NYC non-fast food workers: $13 for large employers (up from $11) and $12 for small employers (up from $10.50)
  • Long Island and Westchester non-fast food workers: $11 (up from $10)
  • Upstate non-fast food worker:s $10.40 (up from $9.70)
  • NYC fast food workers: $13.50 (up from $12)
  • Fast food workers in the rest of the state, $11.75 (up from $10.75)

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