What Cities Have the Highest Minimum Wages?


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As of 2015, the cities with the highest minimum wage are San Jose, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and San Francisco, California. Other cities, including Washington, D.C, San Diego, California, and Seattle, Washington, have plan to raise their minimum wage rates.

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As of 2015, the highest minimum wage in the country is in San Francisco, California, at $10.74 per hour. Santa Fe, New Mexico, has a minimum wage of $10.66 per hour, and San Jose, California, has a minimum wage of $10.15 per hour. By 2016, Washington, D.C., plans on raising its minimum wage to $11.50 per hour, and by 2017, San Diego plans on doing the same. Seattle, Washington, has a plan to raise its minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2021.

These cities have minimum wages well beyond the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour as of 2015. This rate was established as the minimum wage in July 24, 2009, but many states have minimum wages set wages that exceed the federal minimum. Georgia is an exception to this because the state has a minimum wage of $5.15 per hour, but it only affects employers that are not subject to the rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act. For employers who fall under these rules, the state minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage.

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