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 30, 2021

Full-Page Ad Thanks West Virginia Senators for Standing with Tipped Workers

Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) placed a full-page ad in the Dominion Post and Charleston Gazette Mail thanking West Virginia Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin for standing with West Virginia…
April 23, 2021

Dems Get it Wrong on Linking Minimum Wage to Productivity Gains

Advocates maintain various rationales for raising the minimum wage to extraordinarily high levels – yet none are rooted in historical or economic precedent. One…
April 15, 2021

New Data: On Average, Tipped Workers Report Earning More than $15-Per-Hour

Since the “Fight for $15” has begun its push to end the tip credit, tipped restaurant workers like servers and bartenders have pushed back – rejecting the well-documented consequence…
April 8, 2021

Maine Restaurant Workers Applaud Sens. Collins and King for Opposing a Federal Tip Credit Ban

Today in the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald, full-page ads thanked Senators Susan Collins and Angus King for standing with Maine’s tipped workers and voting against the…