The minimum wage in the United States is set by US labor law and a range of state and local laws. Employers generally have to pay workers the highest minimum wage prescribed by federal, state, and local law. Since July 24, 2009, the federal government has mandated a nationwide minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
D.C.'s new wage of $10.50 an hour makes it the first jurisdiction to cross the $10 threshold among the states. Maryland's minimum wage rose to $8.25 on July 1. Delaware also passed an increase in 2014, which took effect June 1, 2015, increasing the state's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour. 2014 Highlights
The state which offers the highest minimum wage is Washington state at $9.47 an hour, as of 2015. The District of Columbia holds the highest minimum wage in the country at $10.50 an hour. The second highest minimum wage state is Oregon with $9.25 an hour. Connecticut and Vermont are tied as the third highest at $9.15 an hour.
See the top 10 states with the highest minimum wage -- 29 states and the District of Columbia have set higher minimum wages than federal law requires.
The table below lists the current prevailing 2019 minimum wage rates for every state in the United States. Click any state for details about the minimum wage, exemptions, and other state labor laws. You can find a list of highest and lowest minimum wage rates here. 2019 Minimum Wage Rates By State
Highest Minimum Wages. States of the West Coast and New England tend to pay the highest minimum wages in the nation. The state with the top minimum wage is Washington, paying $9.04 per hour, substantially above the federal minimum wage set at $7.25. Coming in at a close second is Oregon at $8.80 per hour.
10 states with the highest minimum wages. ... The lowest-paid workers in Connecticut got a 5.2 percent raise at the start of 2015 as the state's minimum wage rose to $9.15 an hour, from $8.70. ...
This is a list of official minimum wage rates of the 193 United Nations member states and former members of the United Nations, and also includes the following territories and states with limited recognition: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Northern Cyprus, Kosovo, and Palestine and other independent countries. Some countries may have a very complicated minimum wage system; for example, India has more than ...
Portland enacted its own minimum wage in 2015 by city council ordinance. On July 1, 2018, the Portland minimum wage was increased from $10.68 to $10.90. Because the state minimum wage rose to $11.00 on January 1, 2019, it now supercedes the Portland minimum.
Minimum Wage Laws in the States. Use the legend on the left to highlight different MW categories, and click on any state to learn about applicable minimum wage laws.