What States Will Pay Highest Minimum Wage in 2017? Here Are the Stats

Written by on October 25, 2016 in Economy with 0 Comments

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By Alison Doyle | The Balance

What's the minimum wage? The minimum wage rate is the lowest hourly pay that can be awarded to workers.

Federal Minimum Wage

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, some states have a higher minimum wage rate. When the state minimum wage rate is higher than the federal rate, workers are paid the higher amount.


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Currently, there are no official decisions on an increased federal minimum wage in 2017.

Exemptions from Minimum Wage

Please note that some employees are exempt from minimum wage requirements, such as those who are not protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act, tipped employees such as waitstaff, and/or others can be paid at a lower rate than minimum wage.

State Minimum Wage Rates

In a few states, the minimum wage varies from one city or county to another. For example, the minimum wage for Los Angeles and Chicago is higher than the hourly rate in California or Illinois. This variance is due to differences in the cost of living, usually in urban communities.

Projected minimum wage rates for 2017 (and in some cases, 2018 and 2019) have been released in some states. However, not all rates will be effective in the start of the Calendar year. Some cities and states have instead scheduled increases in the minimum wage to take place during the year.

In Maryland, for example, the minimum wage for 2017 is initially set at $9.25 starting July 1, 2017, and is slated for an increase to $10.10 effective July 1st, 2018.

Minimum Wage Rates for 2017 Listed by State

The following is a list of minimum wage rates for each state for 2017 announced, to date. The list also includes scheduled increases for future years.


lease Note: Some states, indicated by an asterisk, adjust their rate annually based on the cost of living. In those cases, the figure listed is an estimate pending that adjustment. In addition, some cities, counties, state governments, and companies have higher minimum wage rates than the state minimum. Check with your state department of labor for rates in your location.

A – L

Alabama: $7.25
Alaska: $9.75 * (Indexed Annual increases will begin on January 1, 2017)
Arizona: $8.05 *
Arkansas: $8.50
California: $10.00 
– Emeryville: $12.25  for small businesses with 55 employees, $14.44 companies with more than 55 employers
– Los Angeles: $10.50 effective July 2016 with increases each year until it reaches $15 in 2020
  – Oakland: $12.25
  – Richmond: $12.30, and $13 in 2018 (with exceptions based on employer)
– San Diego: $11.50
  – San Francisco: $14.00 effective July 2017,  $15.00 effective July 2018
– San Jose: $10.30
Colorado: $8.23 *
Connecticut: $10.10
Delaware: $8.25
District of Columbia: $11.50 (Indexed Annual increases will begin on January 1, 2017)
Florida: $8.05 *
Georgia: 
$5.15 (if covered by Fair Labor Standards – $7.25)

H – M

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Hawaii$9.25, $10.10 in 2018
Idaho: $7.25
Illinois: $8.25
– Chicago $11.00 July 2017, $12.00 July 2018, $13.00 July 2019
Indiana: $7.25
Iowa: $7.25
Kansas: $7.25
Kentucky: $7.25
– Louisville: $9.00 July 2017)
– Kentucky State Workers $10.10
Louisiana: $7.25
Maine: $7.50
Maryland$9.25 July 2017,  $10.10 July 2018
Massachusetts$11.00  ($3.75 for tipped employees), $16.50 per hour for working on a Sunday
Michigan$8.90, $9.25 by January 2018
Minnesota Large employers are required to pay workers $9.50/hour and small employers $7.75 (Indexed Annual increases will begin on January 1, 2018)
Missouri: $7.65 *
– St. Louis: $10, $11 by January 2018)

Mississippi: $7.25
Montana: $8.05 * Except $4.00 for businesses with gross annual sales of $110,000 or less

Find out the minimum wage for the rest of the states…

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