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 10, 2021

Raising PA’s Minimum Wage to $15 Would Kill Over 143,000 Jobs

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June 4, 2021

A State of the States on the $15 Minimum Wage

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May 26, 2021

Dear Sens. Romney and Sinema: An $11 Minimum Wage Can Still Have Severe Consequences

Last week, Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) presented a long-promised minimum wage “compromise” plan to the “Gang of 20” — a bipartisan group of senators looking to…
May 21, 2021

Connecticut’s “Fair Work Week” Law Actually Threatens Workers’ Flexibility and Jobs

Predictive scheduling laws are nothing new – Chicago, New York City, Oregon state, San Francisco, and Seattle have all tried them. Connecticut is one step closer to joining them. In…