New Year, New (Minimum) Wage?

Across the country, many Americans will ring in 2018 with a raise.

On December 31 and January 1, the minimum wage will go up in 18 states and about 20 cities and counties, according to an analysis by the National Employment Law Project.

In some cases, the increases put employees closer to a $15 an hour minimum wage, or what some advocates call the “living wage.”

In New York state, for example, the minimum wage for fast food workers outside New York City will rise from $10.75 to $11.75 over the weekend. It will hit $15 an hour by July 2021.

In some areas, wages are going up, but remain closer to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Congress hasn’t voted to raise the minimum wage in more than a decade.

In Missouri, for instance, the minimum wage will rise from $7.70 an hour to $7.85 an hour in 2018, a slight uptick said to account for inflation.

Here’s where workers will see their pay rise in the new year, and how much they’ll begin to make.

  • Alaska: $9.84 an hour
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: $8.95 an hour
  • Arizona: $10.50 an hour
  • Bernalillo County, New Mexico: $8.85 an hour
  • California: $11 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees; $10.50 an hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees
  • Colorado: $10.20 an hour
  • Cupertino, California: $13.50 an hour
  • El Cerrito, California: $13.60 an hour
  • Flagstaff, Arizona: $11 an hour
  • Florida: $8.25 an hour
  • Hawaii: $10.10 an hour
  • Los Altos, California: $13.50 an hour
  • Maine: $10 an hour
  • Michigan: $9.25 an hour
  • Milpitas, California: $12 an hour
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: $10 an hour for businesses with more than 100 employees
  • Minnesota: $9.65 an hour for businesses with annual gross revenue of $500,000 or more; $7.87 an hour for businesses with annual gross revenue of less than $500,000
  • Missouri: $7.85 an hour
  • Montana: $8.30 an hour
  • Mountain View, California: $15 an hour
  • New Jersey: $8.60 an hour
  • New York: $13 an hour for standard New York City businesses with 11 for more employees; $12 an hour for standard New York City businesses with 10 or fewer employees; $11 an hour for standard workers in Long Island and Westchester; $10.40 for standard workers in the rest of New York state; $13.50 for fast food workers in New York City; $11.75 for fast food workers in the rest of the state
  • Oakland, California: $13.23 an hour
  • Ohio: $8.30 an hour
  • Palo Alto, California: $13.50 an hour
  • Rhode Island: $10.10 an hour
  • Richmond, California: $13.41 an hour
  • San Jose, California: $13.50 an hour
  • San Mateo, California: $13.50 an hour for standard businesses; $12 an hour for nonprofits
  • Santa Clara, California: $13 an hour
  • SeaTac, Washington: $15.64 an hour for hospitality and transportation employees
  • Seattle, Washington: $15.45 an hour for businesses with 501 or more employees that don’t offer medical benefits; $15 an hour for businesses with 501 or more employees that do offer medical benefits; $14 an hour for businesses with 500 or fewer employees that don’t offer medical benefits; $11.50 an hour for businesses with 500 or fewer employees that do offer medical benefits
  • South Dakota: $8.85 an hour
  • Sunnyvale, California: $15 an hour
  • Tacoma, Washington: $12 an hour
  • Vermont: $10.50 an hour
  • Washington state: $11.50 an hour

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