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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November 11, 2022

After Passing Initiative 82, D.C. Restaurants and Residents Are Already Concerned

In Washington, D.C.’s election on Tuesday, voters approved Initiative 82 to eliminate the city tip credit and raise the minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers by more than 200%.
November 4, 2022

Study: Economists Say $15 Tipped Wage Will Cost 800K Jobs, $2.2B Earnings

A new study released by the Employment Policies Institute finds state-level $15 tipped minimum wages will cost jobs and earnings for restaurant employees. In next week’s elections, voters in several…
October 28, 2022

Minimum Wage Hikes Kill Yet Another Restaurant in 2022

The latest casualty of skyrocketing wage mandates is Deva Cafe in Modesto, CA. The popular neighborhood restaurant has been open for three decades, and owner Heather Elkins has announced…
October 21, 2022

Dem Governor Spooked by Michigan Minimum Wage Hike

This week, Michigan’s liberal governor Gretchen Whitmer is urging caution on the recent court order to reinstate a $12 wage floor scheduled for February. The new rate will spikes…