With rising inflation many states are raising the minimum wages for workers, often above the mandated federal minimum. This is good news for lower-income workers, where the minimum wage is barely enough to survive on.
Note that the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 and remains unchanged this year. However each state also set’s their minimum wage and where greater than the federal rate, the state minimum wage is in effect.
Further most employers do pay above the minimum wage with only around 1.1 million workers (1.4% of all hourly workers) getting wages at or below the federal minimum level according to the US BLS.
Per the minimum wage (MW) table below, the District of Columbia has the highest minimum wage at $16.10/hour. The majority of states have a state minimum wage that is above federal levels.
2023 Minimum Wage Increase
In 2023, 23 states have raised the minimum wage as of January 1st, with four more plus Puerto Rico and D.C. set to raise their state minimum wage later in the year.
While there has been a decade long push to increase the federal minimum wage (to $15 like Government employees get), Congress and various administrations in the past have been unable to do so. This is why there is so much disparity at the state and federal level. Eighteen states do have annual adjustments in place to keep pace with inflation.
The good news is that in many of the states and territories (34) where the minimum wage is higher than the prevailing federal rate – generally higher cost of living areas – there is a strong push in 2023 to continue raising the minimum wages as inflation soars.
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2023 Minimum Wage (MW) Table – State vs Federal
The table shows the current minimum wage in states versus the Federal minimum wage ($7.25).
|State MW > Federal MW||Equals federal MW|
|AK – $10.85||CNMI|
|AR – $11.00||GA|
|AZ – $13.85||IA|
|CA – $15.50||ID|
|CO – $13.65||IN|
|CT – $14.00||KS|
|DC – $16.50||KY|
|DE – $11.75||NC|
|FL – $11.00||ND|
|HI – $12.00||NH|
|IL – $13.00||OK|
|MA – $15.00||PA|
|MD – $13.25||TX|
|ME – $13.80||UT|
|MI – $10.10||WI|
|MN – $10.59||WY|
|MO – $12.00||AL (no state MW)|
|MT – $9.95||LA (no state MW)|
|NE – $10.50||MS (no state MW)|
|NJ – $14.13||SC (no state MW|
|NM – $12.00||TN (no state MW)|
|NV – $10.50/9.50|
|NY – $14.20|
|OH – $10.10|
|OR – $13.50|
|PR – $8.50|
|RI – $13.00|
|SD – $10.80|
|VA – $12.00|
|VT – $13.18|
|WA – $15.74|
|WV – $8.75|
|VI – $10.50|
|GU – $9.25|
What is my minimum wage – State vs Federal?
Where states may have different minimum wage requirements to federal standards; and where federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher rate applies.
Thus the federal minimum wage law supersedes state minimum wage laws where the federal minimum wage is greater than the state minimum wage.
Alternatively, in those states where the state minimum wage is greater than the federal minimum wage, the state minimum wage prevails.
30 States + DC, GU, & VI have a minimum wage greater than the federal wage. 15 + PR, CNMI have the same federal and state minimum wage. While 5 states have no minimum wage requirement.
Does the minimum wage adjust for inflation?
Some states do, while others adjust following state-based legislative action.
Only Eighteen states – AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, ME, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, SD, and WA – currently have adjustments for their minimum wages on an annual basis, often tied to COLA. Most of these increases occur around January 1st.
What other government programs and tax credits can I get?
There are many other government programs and tax credits for those on the minimum wage, which have also seen significant increases this year. This includes the SNAP (Food Stamp), Earned Income Credit (EIC) and the many pandemic stimulus checks that are yet to be claimed via filing a free tax return.
9 thoughts on “2023 Federal and State Minimum Wage Raises – Latest News and Updates”
The cost get passed on. I do not understand the free lucch mentality. “Business will just pay the cost.” Look at what is going on with Obama care, they can not enact it because it will cost jobs, they delayed it and with the delay bringing it so close the the election, it will be delayed again. Business cut hours to not pay. When you ask more of business you are telling them to cut hours or incrase prices. People think they will just pay and everything will be the same and things will be better. It never works out that way. The depression we though that if we increased tariffs, it would decrease imports and people would buy US and that would incrase jobs, it failed so bad it lasted untill WWII. Carter Administation high interest rates hepled the poor. No it led to high infation and high unemployment. Business have no duty to the country. We have the higest corp tax rate and at the same time we curse business for going elsewere to pay less taxes. We are shooting ourselves in the foot over and over again. It is because people have been taught that business is bad, profit is bad, taxes are good and business needs to pay more. The bill gets paid, one way or the other. It is time we stoped going after business to tax and spend and have them spend, invest, and hire in the USA but as long as we keep after them they will go elsewere.
You’re not addressing the full issue here! Do you not understand that a minimum wage increase like this hurts businesses who are struggling to make ends meet and higher-up, dedicated employees who used to believe they were satisfied with their job?
For those who make (and rightfully deserve) more than minimum wage: it equals a deduction for them. I have employees who think they’re getting compensated well for their job performance, however, when the minimum wage goes up and their wage does not (because the business can’t afford it) they are left fealing cheated and undercompensated compared to how they used to. I think that if the minimum wage goes up, then everyone’s salary should be required to increase that same amount, otherwise they are getting a decrease in wage when you compare it the bare minimum! Unfortunately if that was the case: small businesses would go out of business and we’d have to rethink the whole flawed system. Oregon seems to only be concerned with the new hires and those who DON’T deserve a promotion or display the job performance to get an increase in pay… and certainly doesn’t allow employers to pay the higher wage they want to those who have proven to deserve it… because the less deserving employee’s wages keep requiring an increase.
Think about it: for example, if you’re getting $0.50 more an hour because you have been rewarded for doing a better job than the other employees, then the minimum wage goes up $0.10 that year and $0.30 the next, but your wage doesn’t… how satisfied would you be when you end up only making $0.10 more than the new hires that you train who don’t amount to your proven ability? (And sometimes wages end up being exactly minimum wage when they used to be better)
No one thinks about these things except me… when I’m faced with the idea of not being able to give my best employees a wage increase because of the huge expense the less qualified employees increase to… and have to face one of my best employees quitting on me not long after because they don’t feel they are being compensated enough by comparison!
Think about the full picture, and how your wage is less than it used to be… don’t only think about the unfortunate ones… usually they can more than make ends meet by living with a surplus of people and getting an outrageous amount of tax credits each year by having all their kids… ETC
We have the second highest minimum wage in the nation, and the business who employs me will practically be out of business soon because of it!
I empathize with those bottom of the barrell workers who this minimum wage increase affects, however, I realize that it may very well be too generous considering the consequenses it entails for the rest… and if it keeps up each year like it has in Oregon, how many business owners will it do in?!
I totally agree with this. If your a trainer who has been with accompany for more than 6 months and you are training a new employee it would be degrading to know your paycheck is lower than that of the trainee.
Still doesn’t address the problem that there are adults without the skills to qualify for anything other than entry level (minimum wage) positions. Still doesn’t address that, overall, wages have stagnated for those making more than the minimum. The obvious consequences will be sure to follow (youth unemployment, redistribution of funds that could go towards other aspects of the business, a spike in the price of the goods/services by that business, etc). Pretty much the same results that we get everytime this happens.
that’s because Canadians are cowards. they hide behind America. they don’t have to invest their money in military. they only invest in hockey and whiskey. As one Canadian told me once “we don’t really have to worry about being attacked because they have to go through you first”.
I know! I also usually base my opinion of an entire population on an off-handed comment by an individual. Why nobody is trying to vote this brilliant commentator into any kind of office is a mystery to me.
Canada may be better off financialy, but my wife has had a family member who lives in Canada who was told that her cancer was bad enough by the Canadian Health Providers that she should just roll over and die. She came to Minnesota and got the treatment she needed. She is still alive and well, despite Canada’s best efforts. Canada has better money, but America has better medicine and values, at least until the President changes that.
No wonder you posted this anonymously.