U.S. workers paid minimum wage 1979-2022

Number of wage and salary workers in the United States paid hourly rates at the prevailing Federal minimum wage from 1979 to 2022

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Release date

January 2024

Region

United States

Survey time period

1979 to 2022

Age group

16 years and over

Supplementary notes

The prevailing Federal minimum wage was $2.90 in 1979, $3.10 in 1980, and $3.35 in 1981–89. The minimum wage rose to $3.80 in April 1990, to $4.25 in April 1991, to $4.75 in October 1996, to $5.15 in September 1997, to $5.85 in July 2007, to $6.55 in July 2008, and to $7.25 in July 2009. The prevailing Federal minimum wage was $7.25 per hour in 2022. 
Wage and salary workers, excluding incorporated self employed

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