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What states have the highest minimum wage?

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Washington State has a minimum wage of $9.47, which is the highest of the 50 states, as of September 2015. The federal district D.C. has a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour and is therefore the jurisdiction with the highest minimum wage.

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What states have the highest minimum wage?
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Other states with relatively high minimum wages are Oregon, Connecticut and Vermont, with a minimum wage of over $9.00. Rhode Island, California, Massachusetts and Minnesota (for employers with annual receipts of over $499,999) have a minimum wage of $9.00. Several other states, such as Alaska, Hawaii, Michigan and Nebraska have passed laws to increase their minimum wage starting January 2016. States such as Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana and South Dakota annually increase their minimum wage to offset inflation.

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