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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July 29, 2022

Consumer Price Index Data Reveals High Wage Areas Are Experiencing Higher Inflation

Inflation continues to rise to historic heights, and rapidly rising state minimum wages appear to be adding fuel to the fire. As employers feel the pinch of operating costs rising…
July 22, 2022

Michigan’s One-Two Punch on Minimum Wage Hikes

Michigan employees may still be affected by a minimum wage hike this year. This week, a Court of Claims judge ruled the state legislature did not have the authority to…
July 8, 2022

Nebraska’s $15 Wage Ballot Measure Would Cost 18,600 Jobs, $787M

Since Congress has heeded the warnings of the job-killing effects of a federal $15 minimum wage, unions and other activists are pushing the “Fight for $15” agenda at the state…
June 24, 2022

Preview: New Study Shows Raising Tipped Wages Causes Jobs, Earnings Decline

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)’s nonprofit One Fair Wage has ramped up activity pressuring restaurants and lawmakers across the country to stop using tip credits and instead push for…