What is the minimum wage?

The minimum wage is the starting hourly wage an employer can pay an employee for work. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour (part of the Fair Labor Standards Act). Some states and cities have raised their minimum wage higher than that. In most instances, the higher of the prevailing minimum wage requirements is binding for employers.

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Minimum Wage in the U.S.

Select your state to learn more about the standard minimum wage and the tipped wage in your state.

Fed. Min. Wage Fed. Tipped Wage
$7.25 $2.13

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April 1, 2021

Americans’ Support for $15 Drops When Presented With Its Job Killing Effects

A new survey commissioned by the Employment Policies Institute finds that Americans across party and socio-economic lines are significantly less likely to support minimum wage increases when presented with their…
March 26, 2021

The West Coast Case Against Ending the Tip Credit Nationwide

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Raise the Wage Act proposed to raise the minimum wage to $15 nationally, and also eliminate the tip credit, raising the tipped minimum wage also to $15.
March 24, 2021

Economists Warn Congress About Changing the Tipped Wage

Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) took out a full-page ad in Roll Call warning lawmakers on the consequences of eliminating the tip credit, as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ …
March 18, 2021

In 1998, Biden Appointee Thought A 40% Wage Hike was “Too Aggressive”

Last week, the Washington Post reported President Biden has selected former campaign advisor Gene Sperling to oversee the administration of the recently-passed stimulus package. Notably absent from the plan…