2016 Federal and State Minimum Wage Rates

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2016 Minimum Wage Rates

The minimum wage rate is the lowest hourly pay that can be awarded to workers. In a few states, the minimum wage varies from one city or county to another. For example, the minimum wage for Los Angeles and Chicago is higher than the hourly rate in California or Illinois.

As well, some cities and states have scheduled increases in the minimum wage to take place during the year.

In Minnesota, for example, the minimum wage for 2016 is initially set at $9.00 for large employers but increased to $9.50 on August 1, 2016.

Federal Minimum Wage

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, some states have a higher minimum wage rate. When the state minimum wage rate is higher than the federal rate, workers are paid the higher amount.

Please note that some employees are exempt from minimum wage requirements, and others can be paid at a lower rate than minimum wage.

Minimum Wage Rates for 2016 Listed by State

The following is a list of minimum wage rates for each state for 2016 announced, to date. The list also includes scheduled increases for future years.

Please Note: Some states, indicated by an asterisk, adjust their rate annually based on the cost of living. In those cases, the figure listed is an estimate pending that adjustment. In addition, some cities, counties, state governments, and companies have higher minimum wage rates than the state minimum.

Check with your state department of labor for rates in your location.

A - L

Alabama: $7.25
Alaska: $9.75 *
Arizona: $8.05 *
Arkansas: $8.00, $8.50 effective January 1, 2017
California: $10.00 
  - Emeryville: $12.25  for small businesses with 55 employees, $14.44 companies with more than 55 employers
  - Los Angeles: $10.50 effective July 2016 with increases each year until it reaches $15 in 2020
  - Oakland: $12.25
  - Richmond: $11.52, $12.30 in 2017, and $13 in 2018 ( with exceptions based on employer)
  - San Diego: $10.50, $11.50 January 1, 2017
  - San Francisco: $13.00, $14.00 effective July 2017,  $15.00 effective July 2018
  - San Jose: $10.30
Colorado: $8.23 *
Connecticut: $9.60, $10.10, January 1, 2017
Delaware: $8.25
District of Columbia: $11.50 in 2016
Florida: $8.05 *
Georgia: 
$5.15 (if covered by FLSA, $7.25)
Guam: $8.25

H - M

Hawaii:$8.50, $9.25 in 2017, $10.10 in 2018
Idaho: $7.25
Illinois: $8.25
- Chicago $10.50, $11.00 July 2017, $12.00 July 2018, $13.00 July 2019
Indiana: $7.25
Iowa: $7.25 
Kansas: $7.25
Kentucky: $7.25
- Louisville $8.25, $9.00 July 2017
- Kentucky State Workers $10.10
Louisiana: $7.25
Maine: $7.50
Maryland$8.75, $9.25 July 2017,  $10.10 July 2018
Massachusetts$10.00, $11.00 on January 1, 2017
Michigan$8.50, $8.90 in January 2017, $9.25 per hour by January 2018
Minnesota Large employers are required to pay workers $9.50/hour and small employers $7.25, effective August 2016
Missouri: $7.65 *
Mississippi: $7.25
Montana: $8.05 * (Exception: $4.00 for businesses with gross annual sales of $110,000 or less)

N - S

Nebraska: $9.00 
Nevada: $7.25 for employees who receive qualifying health benefits, $8.25 for employees who do not receive qualifying health benefits. *
New Hampshire: $7.25
New Jersey: $8.38 *
New Mexico: $7.50
 - Albuquerque: $8.75 ($7.75 with benefits)
New York: $9.00  ($9.75 for fast food workers in NYS and $10.50 for fast food workers in NYC, with limitations) (Effective December 31, 2015)
- More information on New York minimum wage increases.
North Carolina: $7.25
North Dakota: $7.25
Ohio: $8.10 *
Oklahoma: $7.25
Oregon: $9.25  ($9.50 or higher effective July 1, 2016 based on county density)
Pennsylvania: $7.25
Puerto Rico: $7.25 ($5.08 if not covered by FLSA)
Rhode Island: $9.60 
South Carolina: $7.25
South Dakota: $8.50 *

T - Z

Tennessee: $7.25
Texas: $7.25
Utah: $7.25
Vermont$9.60, $10: 2017, $10.50: 2018 *
Virginia: $7.25
Washington: $9.47 *
- Seattle: $11.00 ($15 over 3-7 years, depending on employer size until 2021 when all employers will be subject to the increase)
West Virginia$8.75 (Effective December 31st, 2015)
Wisconsin: $7.25
Wyoming: $7.25

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