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23 States Raise Their Minimum Wages

Additionally, 24 cities raised their wages, with some going above $16

Brian Young's picture
Jan 05, 2021

On January 1st, workers in 23 states saw raises as minimum wage increases took effect. States that raised their minimum wage included somewhere automatic increases were set years ago to create a path to a $15 minimum wage, while others were raised due to ballot measures that were passed during the 2020 election. Currently, 12 states have a minimum wage that is equal to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009.

Below are the states that have raised their minimum wage:

  • Alaska: $10.34
  • Arizona: $12.15
  • Arkansas: $11.00
  • California: $14.00
  • Colorado: $12.32
  • Delaware: $10.25
  • Florida: $8.65
  • Illinois: $11.00
  • Maine: $12.15
  • Maryland: $11.75
  • Massachusetts: $13.50
  • Michigan: $9.87
  • Minnesota: $10.08
  • Missouri: $10.30
  • Montana: $8.75
  • Nevada: $9.75
  • New Jersey: $12.00
  • New Mexico: $10.50
  • New York: $12.50
  • Ohio: $8.80
  • South Dakota: $9.45
  • Vermont: $11.75
  • Washington state: $13.69

The largest increase will come for workers in New Mexico who will get a $1.50 hourly increase, while workers in Arkansas, California, Illinois and New Jersey will get a $1 increase. The smallest increases came in Alaska, Maine and South Dakota will increase wages by just 15 cents an hour, while the rate in Minnesota will rise by half that, at 8 cents, to $10.08 an hour. This small increase was because Minnesota issues a cost of inflation raise each year.

“Our Labor Movement worked closely with the governor and lawmakers to get New Jersey workers a decent minimum wage and put the state on a clear path to $15,” Charles Wowkanech, President of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, said. “Minimum-wage workers desperately need this increase during these harsh economic conditions.”

Local cities and municipalities are also raising their wage either at the beginning of 2021 or in July of 2021, including in:

  • Flagstaff AZ: $15.00 or $2 above the state minimum whichever is greater
  • Belmont CA: $15.90
  • Cupertino CA: $15.65
  • Daly City CA: $15.00
  • El Cerrito CA: $15.61
  • Los Altos CA: $15.65
  • Los Angeles City CA: $15.00 (26+ employees), $15.00 (25 or fewer), eff. 7/1/2021
  • Malibu CA: $15.00 for all employers, eff. 7/1/2021
  • Menlo Park, CA: $15.25
  • Mountain View, CA: $16.30
  • Oakland CA: $ 14.36
  • Palo Alto CA: $15.65
  • Pasadena CA: $15.00 (26+ employees), $15.00 (25 or fewer), eff. 7/1/2021
  • Petaluma CA: $15.20 for all employers, regardless of size
  • Redwood City CA: $15.62
  • Richmond CA: $15.21
  • San Diego CA: $14.00
  • San Jose CA: $15.45
  • San Mateo CA: $15.62
  • Santa Clara CA: $15.65
  • Santa Monica CA: $15.00 (all employees), eff. 7/1/2021
  • Sonoma CA: $15.00 (26+ employees), $14.00 (25 or fewer)
  • Sunnyvale CA: $16.30
  • Denver CO: $14.77
  • Chicago IL: $15.00 for Employers of 21+, $14,00 for employers 4-20, eff. 7/1/2021
  • Montgomery County MA: $15.00 for Employers 51+, $14.00 for Employers 11-50, $13.50 for Employers 10 or fewer, eff. 7/1/2021
  • Minneapolis MN, $14.25 for Employers of 100+, $12.50 Employers fewer than 100, effective 7/1/2021
  • St. Paul MN $12.50 for macro businesses (more than 10,000 employees), $12.50 (101 to 10,000 employees), $11.00 (6 to 100 employees), $10.00 (5 or fewer), eff. 7/1/2021
  • New York City $15.00
  • New York Suburbs (Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties): $14.00 and increasing to $15.00 on Dec. 31st
  • Portland OR: $14.00 eff. 7/1/2021
  • Non-Urban Oregon Counties: $12.00 eff. 7/1/2021
  • Seattle WA: $16.69 (500 or fewer employees), $15.00 (500 or fewer, plus tips and benefits paid by employer), $16.69 (more than 500 employees
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