The minimum wage rate in 2014 ranged from no state-minimum-wage rate to $9.32 per hour in Washington state, as reported by CNN Money. In states with wages below the federal rate, set at $7.25 per hour in 2014, the federal minimum prevails.
As of August 2014, eight states had minimum wage levels lower than the federal minimum. In an article published by The Washington Post, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina had no state minimum wage requirements in 2014. Arkansas, Georgia and Wyoming were all lower than the federal minimum in 2014, at $6.25, $5.15 and $5.15, respectively.
Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Hawaii and Kansas met the federal minimum requirement. Other states in compliance were Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Carolina. North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas all conformed to the federal minimum rate, and the final states to meet the federal minimum were Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as of 2014, reports The Atlantic.
Every other state had minimum wage rates above the federal minimum in 2014, as diagrammed by The Atlantic. Washington DC's minimum wage rate was $9.50 per hour, and Seattle made national news by raising minimum wage within city limits to $15 per hour, the highest rate in the history of the United States, far exceeding Washington state and federal minimum wage requirements.