New York Minimum Wage History and Information

The current minimum wage in New York is $9.00 per hour effective December 31, 2015, which is the higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

New York State Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

The following minimum wage rates for fast food workers who work for a chain with 30 more establishments has been approved by a state wage panel are expected to be approved.

Fast food minimum wage increases for New York state, excluding New York City:

  • $9.75 on December 31, 2015
  • $10.75 on December 31, 2016
  • $11.75 on December 31, 2017
  • $12.75 on December 31, 2018
  • $13.75 on December 31, 2019
  • $14.50 on December 31, 2020
  • $15.00 on July 1, 2021

Fast food wage minimum wage increases for New York excluding New York City:

  • $10.50 December 31, 2015
  • $12.00 December 31, 2016
  • $13.50 December 31, 2017
  • $15.00 on December 31, 2018

New York Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

Workers who receive tips are paid under a different minimum wage structure in NY. The cash wage, or base service rate, for food service and service employees increased to $7.50 per hour on December 31, 2015.

If tips aren't sufficient to reach minimum wage, the employer is required to pay the minimum wage for tipped employees, which is not currently scheduled to increase, but will be addressed in the future.

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