Minimum wages in the United States, by state 2019

State minimum wage rates in the United States as of January 1, 2019, by state ( in U.S. dollars)

by Erin Duffin, last edited Jul 29, 2019
Minimum wages in the United States, by state 2019

How much is minimum wage?

The federally mandated minimum wage in the United States is 7.25 U.S. dollars per hour, although the minimum wage varies from state to state. As of January 1, 2019, the District of Columbia had the highest minimum wage in the U.S., at 13.25 U.S. dollars per hour. This was followed by Washington state and Massachusetts, which both had 12 U.S. dollars per hour as the state minimum wage.

Minimum wage workers

Minimum wage jobs are traditionally seen as “starter jobs” in the U.S., or first jobs for teenagers and young adults, and the number of people working minimum wage jobs has decreased from almost four million in 1979 to about 542,000 in 2017. However, the number of workers earning less than minimum wage in 2017 was significantly higher, at almost 1.3 million.

Minimum wage jobs

Minimum wage jobs are primarily found in food preparation and serving occupations, as well as sales jobs (primarily in retail). Because minimum wage has not increased with inflation, and because the federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009, it is becoming harder and harder for minimum wage workers to afford essential things like rent with one minimum wage job.
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State minimum wage rates in the United States as of January 1, 2019, by state ( in U.S. dollars)

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