Sep 26, 2022
Question of the Day

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: District of Columbia at $15.20/hour, California at $15/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 the arguments for/against raising the minimum wage?

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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, nearly half of the country increased their minimum wages for hourly workers after January 1, 2022 to compensate their employees, and more than a dozen will provide additional increases going into 2023."



Want more details about the federal minimum wage? Check out the On-Demand Module: $7.25 - The Minimum Wage


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About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.

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