How Much Is the Minimum Wage Rate?

Some states have a higher minimum wage than the federal rate of $7.25 per hour..

Question: How Much is Minimum Wage?

Answer: Minimum wage is the lowest amount of pay an employer is required to pay an hourly worker. The hourly minimum wage rate you will be paid depends on the state in which you work and the type of job you are working at.

The federal Minimum Wage is $7.25 an hour for covered non-exempt employees, which means that employers in covered employment categories cannot pay less than $7.25 per hour.

Some states require employers to pay a higher minimum wage than the federal hourly rate. In locations where Federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher rate must be paid.

Minimum Wage Information for Each State

Here is a list of the current state minimum wage rates (2015) you can use to to get information on the minimum wage in your location. You'll also be able to see the scheduled increases states have in place. As well, find details on minimum wage rates put in place in cities. In Los Angeles, for instance, the minimum wage is higher than it is in California.

Exceptions to Minimum Wage

There are some employees do not have to be paid minimum wage including workers under the age of 20 during their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employee, workers with disabilities, and tipped employees.

For tipped employees, the federal minimum wage is $2.13 an hour.

However, this lowered rate is given because the expectation is that the employee will make up the difference between the tipped minimum wage and the standard minimum wage with tips; if the employee does not get that income in tips, the employer must make up the difference in wages. Laws about the minimum wages for tipped employees vary from state to state.


Read more about minimum wage exemptions, and when employees can be paid less than the minimum wage.

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