Question of the Day: What state has the highest minimum wage? lowest minimum wage?
The federal minimum wage is $7.25, but do you know the states that have higher or lower minimums?
- Highest: California at $15.50/hour (if Washington, D.C. was a state it would have the highest at $16.10/hour)
- Lowest: Georgia and Wyoming at $5.15/hour ** (only applies to some farm and seasonal workers)
- What types of jobs typically earn the minimum wage?
- The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 and was last raised in 2009. Why do you think that so many states have minimums higher than the current federal rate?
- If you start a job earning the minimum wage for your state, when do you think is the right time to ask for a raise?
- What are some arguments for/against raising the minimum wage?
Behind the numbers (Paycor):
"For employers with employees in multiple states, keeping up with numerous minimum wage rate changes can be a daunting task. While some states are on a schedule for annual increases to eventually reach $15 an hour, 12 states still adhere to the federal minimum. Although the federal minimum wage of $7.25 has not budged since 2009, more than 20 states have provided additional increases in 2023."
Want more details about the federal minimum wage? Check out the On-Demand Module: $7.25 - The Minimum Wage
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