Global Compliance Desk – United States Minimum Wage

United States Minimum Wage

Effective May 1, 2021, several states across the United States have increased the State Minimum Wage and there are 8 States that would increase the wages rates in the future in 2021.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but the FLSA does not supersede state or local minimum wage laws that are more favorable to employees. Therefore, if a state or municipality has a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum, employers subject to the state or local minimum wage law are obligated to pay a higher rate to employees working there. When a state or local minimum wage is lower than the federal minimum wage, the more favorable rate should be paid to the employee if they are covered under both the FLSA and state/local law.

State-wise – Minimum Wage 2021
State Minimum Wage (Effective July 2021) Future Increase 2021
Alabama $7.25 No State Minimum Wage – Federal Applies
Alaska $10.34
Arizona $12.15
Arkansas $11.00
California $14.00 ($13.00 for smaller employers)
Colorado $12.32
Connecticut $12.00   $13.00 (Effective Aug 8, 2021)
Delaware $9.75  $10.25 (Effective Oct 1, 2021)
District of Columbia $15.20
Florida $8.65  $10.00 (September 30, 2021)
Georgia*1 $7.25
Hawaii $10.10
Idaho $7.25
Illinois $11.00
Indiana $7.25
Iowa $7.25
Kansas $7.25
Kentucky $7.25
Louisiana $7.25 No State Minimum Wage – Federal Applies
Maine $12.15
Maryland $11.75  $11.60 (Small Employers)
Massachusetts $13.50
Michigan $9.65
Minnesota $10.08  $8.21 (Small Employers)
Mississippi $7.25 No State Minimum Wage – Federal Applies
Missouri $10.30
Montana $8.75
Nebraska $9.00
Nevada $8.75 rate is for Nevada employees who are offered health insurance. $9.75 rate is for Nevada employees who are not offered health insurance. 
New Hampshire $7.25 No State Minimum Wage – Federal Applies
New Jersey $12.00
New Mexico $10.50
New York**2 $12.50  TBD
North Carolina $7.25
North Dakota $7.25
Ohio $8.80
Oklahoma $7.25
Oregon $12.75
Pennsylvania  $12.00
Puerto Rico $6.55
Rhode Island $11.50  $12.25 (Oct 1, 2021)
South Carolina $7.25 No State Minimum Wage – Federal Applies
South Dakota $9.45
Tennessee $7.25 No State Minimum Wage – Federal Applies
Texas $7.25
Utah $7.25
Vermont $11.75
Virginia $9.50
Washington $13.69
West Virginia $8.75
Wisconsin $7.25
Wyoming $7.25
  1. The Georgia state minimum wage is $5.15. Employees covered under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act are subject to the federal minimum wage of $7.25, but those not covered under the FLSA may be paid the state minimum wage of $5.15.
  2. New York statewide minimum wages apply in areas that are not governed by a higher, local minimum wage ordinance. New York City and Portland Metro are examples of areas that have local minimum wage rates that exceed the statewide minimum.
  3. In Minnesota, the $10.08 rate is for large employers. Small employers have a minimum wage of $8.21 per hour.
Cities and Counties Minimum Wage 2021
State City/County Minimum Wage (Effective May 2021) Anticipated Change
Arizona Flagstaff $15.00
California Berkeley $16.32
Cupertino $15.65
El Cerrito $15.61
Emeryville $17.13
Los Altos $15.65
Los Angeles $15.00
(26 or more employees)
Los Angeles $15.00
(25 or fewer employees)
Malibu $15.00
(26 or more employees)
Malibu $15.00
(25 or fewer employees)
Milpitas $15.40
Mountain View $16.30
Oakland $14.36
Palo Alto $15.65
Pasadena $15.00
(26 or more employees)
Pasadena (25 or less) $14.25
Redwood $15.62
Richmond $15.21
Sacramento $12.50
(101 or more employees)
Sacramento $12.50
(100 fewer employees)
San Diego $14.00
San Francisco $16.32
San Jose $15.45
San Leandro $15.00
San Mateo $15.62
Santa Clara $15.65
Santa Monica $15.00
(26 or more employees)
Santa Monica (25 or less) $15.00
Sunnyvale $16.30
Illinois Chicago $14.00
Cook County $13.00
Iowa Johnson City $11.50
Linn City $10.25
Polk City $10.75
Wapello $10.10
Kentucky Lexington $10.10
Louisville $9.00
Maine Portland $12.15
Maryland Montgomery County $14.00
(50 or fewer employees)
Montgomery County $15.00
(51 or more employees)
Montgomery County (10 or less) $13.50
Prince George’s County $11.50
Minnesota Minneapolis $14.25
(More than 100 Employees))
Minneapolis $12.50
(100 or Fewer Employees)
Saint Paul

$12.50 (very large)

$11.00 (large empl.)

$10.00 (small empl.)


Albuquerque (without benefits) $10.50
Albuquerque $9.50
(with benefits)
Bernalillo County $9.35
Las Cruces $10.50
New York Long Island & Westchester Counties $15.00
New York City $15.00
(11 or more employees)
New York City $15.00
(10 or fewer employees)
All Other New York Cities $12.50
Oregon Non-Urban Counties $12.00
Portland $14.00
Washington Seattle (501 or more $16.69
Seattle (500 or less $15.00
employees, with benefits)
Seattle (500 or less $16.69
employees, without benefits)
Seattle (500 or less $15.00
employees, with benefits)
Seatac $16.57
Tacoma $13.50


Shreya Bhattacharya
Shreya Bhattacharya
A labor and employment lawyer at Replicon who specializes in global compliance. Replicon provides award-winning products that make it easy to manage your workforce. Replicon is an industry leader in global compliance and has a dedicated team which pro-actively monitors international labor regulations for ensuring proper adherence with specific country rule requirements.
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