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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June 17, 2022

July 1 Will Bring Another Wave of Wage Hikes Across the Country

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Misleading NY Wage Study Omits Job Loss Consequences from Wage Hike Bill

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Even Pushed Back, A $15 Wage in Michigan Will Slash Jobs, Earnings

This week, organizers of the Raise the Wage MI proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2027 and eliminate the tip credit failed to clear the…
May 27, 2022

Restaurants’ inflation problem means tipped wage hikes will cause more pain, not less

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