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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January 15, 2021

Senate Democrats: Beware of the $15 Minimum Wage

Yesterday, President-elect Biden announced his plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 nationally as part of his pandemic relief bill. Biden called on Congress to act quickly, citing…
December 24, 2020

Scamming Investors on the Tipped Minimum Wage

Earlier this month, social justice investing firm Adasina Social Capital released a letter pressuring companies to end their use of the tip credit, citing flawed claims from the Restaurant Opportunities…
December 18, 2020

80 States and Localities Will See Minimum Wage Hikes in 2021

The year 2020 has been a trying time for all, but especially for America’s workers and businesses. The pandemic’s aftermath has left businesses with steep revenue losses, and forced them…
December 4, 2020

One “Unfair” Wage Study From ROC-linked Labor Group

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and its sister non-profit, One Fair Wage (OFW), have a track record of flawed research which baselessly connects the tipping system to sexual harassment of…