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2019 State Minimum Wage Changes

2019 is almost here and with the new year comes new labor laws, including quite a few changes to state minimum wage laws. In total, 21 states in the US will be increasing minimum wage in the new year. The following list is a summary of the coming minimum wage changes by state, effective January 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted:

State New Minimum Wage
Alaska $9.89
Arizona $11.00
Arkansas $9.25
California $12.00/$11.001
Colorado $11.10
Delaware $8.75
District of Columbia $14.00
Florida $8.46
Maine $11.00
Massachusetts $12.00
Minnesota $9.86/$8.042
Missouri $8.60
Montana $8.50
New Jersey $8.85
New York $11.10 (effective 12/31/2018)
Ohio $8.553
Oregon $11.25 (effective 7/1/2019)
Rhode Island $10.50
South Dakota $9.10
Vermont $10.78
Washington $12.00

1 In California, employers with 26 or more employees have a minimum wage of $12.00. Employers with 25 or fewer employees have a minimum wage of $11.00.
2 In Minnesota, employers with annual sales over $500,000 have a minimum wage of $9.86. Employers with less than $500,000 have a minimum wage of $8.04.
3 Listed rate is for employers grossing more than $314,000 a year. Employers grossing less than $314,000 follow the Federal Minimum Wage.


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The information presented in this blog is intended for reference only and is neither tax nor legal advice. Consult a professional tax, legal or other advisor to verify this information and determine if and/or how it may apply to your particular situation. US Department of Labor Minimum Wages