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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September 10, 2021

Economists Find Tipped Minimum Wage Hikes Kill Jobs, Ineffective at Targeting Poverty

A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research corroborates the existing economic literature: raising tipped minimum wages is actually harmful to tipped workers, and does not effectively…
August 27, 2021

Is the Fight for $15 Becoming the Fight for $20, or $30?

After getting nixed from this past spring’s reconciliation bill due to procedural rules, the federal $15 minimum wage proposal has been sidetracked given other legislative priorities for Democrats and the…
August 20, 2021

What Does Larry Elder Mean When He Says The Ideal Minimum Wage Should Be $0?

Larry Elder is running in what appears to be a close race to replace current California Governor Gavin Newsom if voters elect to recall him. Elder says he is basing…
August 13, 2021

Even with a New Governor, Ending the Tip Credit Would Still Harm New York’s Restaurant Employees

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and its affiliated non-profit One Fair Wage (OFW) have relentlessly demanded that New York state lawmakers scrap the tip credit, which allows restaurant employers to…