Several states and localities have announced minimum wage changes for 2018.
Twenty-seven states — plus Washington, D.C. — index their minimum wages to rise automatically with the cost of living. More states will index minimum wage increases annually, starting in the following years, like: Minnesota (2018), Michigan (2019) and Vermont (2019).
The following charts show the state minimum wage changes and proposals for 2018. This list changes frequently and many states have local differences, so make sure you stay up to date.
State Minimum Wages for 2018
|AZ||$10.00; $12.00 (2020)|
|CA||$10.00 (<25 employees), $10.50 (1/1/18); $10.00, $10.50 (>25 employees); $11.00 (1/1/18)|
|CA – Computer professionals||Overtime: $10.00; $10.50 if more than 25 employees; $11.00 (1/1/18)|
|CO||$9.30; $10.20 (1/1/18); $12.00 (2020)|
|GA||$5.15 (state has lower minimum wage than FED, but FED prevails)|
|HI||$9.25 (2017); $10.10 (2018)|
|IL – Chicago||$11.00|
|MA – Sunday||$12.00|
|MD||$9.25 (7/1/17); $10.10 (7/1/18)|
|ME||$9.00; $10.00 (1/1/18); $12.00 (2020)|
|MI||$8.90; $9.25 (1/1/18)|
|MN||$9.50; $9.65 (1/1/18); $7.75 (|
|MT||$8.15; $8.30 (1/1/18)|
|NJ||$8.44; $8.60 (1/1/18)|
|NY||$9.70; $10.40 (12/31/17); $11.10 (12/31/18); $11.80 (12/31/19); $12.50 (12/31/20)|
|OH||$8.15, $7.25 (|
|RI||$9.60; $10.10 (1/1/18); $10.50 (1/1/19)|
|VT||$10.00; $10.50 (2018)|
|WA||$11.00; $11.50 (1/1/18); $12.00 (1/1/19); $13.50 (1/1/20)|
|WY||$5.15 (state has lower minimum wage than FED, but FED prevails)|
Current federal minimum wage is $7.25 – proposed minimum wage is $9.50/$10.10
Several other localities have pending legislation for minimum wage changes, so watch for more increases. Remember that the charts above are regular minimum wage rules — many states have tipped employee minimum wage rules and amounts that are lower. One notable exception is California, which does not have a lower minimum wage for tipped employees. The restaurant industry is definitely one to watch — across the country, more restaurants are eliminating tips and increasing wages for staff to state regular minimums.
Minimum wage rules are a moving target, so it’s always a good idea to check for changes that affect your and your clients’ businesses.
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