Minimum Wage levels

The following table lists the minimum wage rates for the year 2013. Go through and check out what is the minimum wage level of your state and then compare with your own. Then check for yourself what your current wage is and whether you are paid as per the norms. You can also refer this page to your colleagues and friends by clicking here so that they can as well make themselves aware about the current minimum wage level.
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Jurisdiction Level  
Federal $5.85 The Fair Labor Standards Act sets the federal minimum wage at $5.85 per hour. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, signed into law on May 25, 2007, will increase the minimum wage over two years:

  • $6.55 (July 24, 20 08)
  • $7.25 (July 24, 20 09)
Alabama None Federal minimum applies
Alaska $7.15  
Arizona $6.75 Since January 1, 2007 pursuant to Arizona Proposition 202. This rate will be automatically adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index. However, as University student employees found, this rate increase DID NOT affect student workers in places such as libraries and cafeterias because those positions are given by universities, which are public/federal entities.
Arkansas $6.25  
California $7.50 Increasing to $8.00 on January 1, 2008.

San Francisco $9.14 effective January 1, 2007.
Colorado $6.85 This rate will be automatically adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.
Connecticut $7.65  
Delaware $6.65 Increasing to $7.15 on Jan. 1, 2008, then to $7.25 o n July 24, 2009
District of Columbia $7.00 This rate is automatically set at $1 above the Federal minimum wage rate if the District of Columbia rate is lower.
Florida $6.67 Rises with inflation. In Force from January 2007.
Georgia $5.15 Not linked to the federal rate.
Hawaii $7.25  
Idaho $5.85  
Illinois $7.50 The current minimum wage for employees under 18 is $ 7.00.
Indiana $5.85  
Iowa $6.20 Increasing to $7.25 on January 1, 2008
Kansas $2.65 Employees not covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standard Act are subject to Kansas minimum wage laws.
Kentucky $5.85 Increasing to $6.55 on July 1, 2008, then to $7.25 o n July 1, 2009.
Louisiana None Federal minimum applies
Maine $6.75 Increasing to $7.00 on October 1, 2007, then to $7.2 5 on July 24, 2009.
Maryland $6.15 The minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum wage rate.
Massachusetts $7.50 ($2.63 for service (tipped) employees, $1.60 for agricultural employees; legislature passed increase to $8.00 effective January 1, 2008)
Michigan $7.15 ($2.65 for service (tipped) employees, Increasing to $7.40 on July 1, 2008, Minors 16-17 years of age may be paid 85% of the minimum hourly wage rate. Training wage for new employees ages 16 to 19 of $4.25 per hour for first 90 days of employment
Minnesota $6.15 $5.25 for a small employer (enterprise with annual receipts of less than $625,000)
Mississippi None Federal minimum applies
Missouri $6.50 This rate will be automatically adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index starting January 1, 2008 and every January 1 thereafter.
Montana $6.15 This rate will automatically be adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index. Tip income may not be applied as an offset to an employee's pay rate. The minimum pay is $4/hour for business with less than $110,000 in annual sales.
Nebraska $5.85  
Nevada $6.33 The minimum wage for employees who receive qualified health benefits from their employers will be at $5.30 per hour and the minimum wage for employees who do not receive health benefits will be at $6.33 per hour.
New Hampshire $5.85 Increasing to $6.50 on September 1, 2007, then to $7 .25 a year later. The minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum wage rate.
New Jersey $7.15 Increasing to $7.25 on July 24, 2009.
New Mexico $5.15 Increasing to $6.50 on January 1, 2008, then to $7.5 0 by January 1, 2009. Not linked to the federal rate.
New York $7.15 New York also has a minimum for exempt employees $536.10 /week as of 1/1/2007 and increasing to $7.25 on July 24, 2009.
North Carolina $6.15 Increasing to $6.55 on July 24, 2008, then to $7.25 on July 24, 2009.
North Dakota $5.85 Increasing to $6.55 on July 24, 2008, then to $7.25 on July 24, 2009.
Ohio $6.85 This rate will be automatically adjusted annually based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.
Oklahoma $5.85 Federal minimum wage used as reference; no actual amounts written in law. $2.00 for work not cove red by federal minimum wage OK Statutes 40-197.5
Oregon $7.80 Rises with inflation.
Pennsylvania $7.15 Increasing to $7.25 on July 24, 2009
Rhode Island $7.40  
South Carolina None Federal minimum applies
South Dakota $5.85 Increasing to $6.55 on July 24, 2008, then to $7.25 on July 24, 2009.
Tennessee None Federal minimum applies
Texas $5.85 Federal minimum wage used as reference; no actual amounts written in law.
Utah $5.15 Federal minimum wage used as reference after legislative action; no actual amounts written in law. $5.85 rate takes effect September 8, 2007.
Vermont $7.53 Rises with inflation.
Virginia $5.85 Federal minimum wage used as reference; no actual amounts written in law.
Washington $7.93 As of January 1, 2007 with future increases linked to inflation, as per Revised Code of Washington Sec. 49.46.020
West Virginia $6.55 Increasing to $7.25 effective 7/1/08.
Wisconsin $6.50  
Wyoming $5.15 Not linked to the federal rate.
Territorial Rates  
American Samoa $2.68-$4.09 Varies by industry
Guam $5.85  
Northern Mariana Island $3.55 As of July 23, 2007
Puerto Rico $3.61-$5.15 Varies by industry
U.S. Virgin Islands $6.15 Except businesses with gross annual receipts of less than $150,000, then $4.30 (In practice, the Virgin Islands adopts the Federal per hour rate)
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