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Minimum Wage by State and 2022 Increases

Changes to minimum wages in 2022.

For employers with employees in multiple states, keeping up with the various 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, more than 20 states follow the federal minimum. And, although the federal minimum wage of $7.25 has not budged since 2009, nearly half of the country will increase minimum wages for hourly workers after January 1, 2022.

Additionally, this is the year California will become the first state (not including the District of Columbia) to reach a $15.00 minimum wage rate.

Still with us? If you find it difficult to keep up now, keep in mind that some states including North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee have active bills in their legislatures for minimum wage increases that could take place later this year. 

To ensure your organization is aware of the latest minimum wage requirements, Paycor has created a breakdown by state.

State Minimum Wage Rates

State2020 Minimum Wage2021 Minimum Wage2022 Minimum Wage
Alabama $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25
Alaska $10.19 $10.34 $10.34
Arizona $12.00 $12.15 $12.80
Arkansas $10.00 $11.00 $11.00
California  $13.00 $14.00* $15.00*
Colorado $12.00 $12.32 $12.56
Connecticut $12.00 $13.00$14.00 (effective 7/1/2022)
Delaware $9.25$9.25 $10.50
Washington D.C. $15.00 $15.20 $15.20
Florida $8.56 $10.00$11.00 (effective 9/30/2022)
Georgia $5.15 (Employers subject to Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage.) $5.15 (Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage) $5.15 (Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage) 
Hawaii $10.10 $10.10 $10.10
Idaho $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Illinois $10.00 $11.00 $12.00
Indiana $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Iowa $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Kansas $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Kentucky $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Louisiana $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum)
Maine $12.00 $12.15 $12.75
Maryland $11.00 $11.75** $12.50**
Massachusetts $12.75 $13.50 $14.25
Michigan $9.65 $9.65$9.87
Minnesota $10.00 $10.08*** $10.33***
Mississippi $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) 
Missouri $9.45 $10.30 $11.15
Montana $8.65 $8.75 $9.20
Nebraska $9.00 $9.00 $9.00
Nevada $8.00 $8.75$9.50**** (effective 7/1/2022)
New Hampshire $7.25) $7.25 $7.25
New Jersey $11.00 $12.00***** $13.00*****
New Mexico $9.00 $10.50 $11.50
New York $11.80 $12.50****** $13.20****** (effective 12/31/21)
North Carolina $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
North Dakota $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Ohio $8.70 $8.80 $9.30
Oklahoma $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Oregon $12.00 $12.75$13.50******* (effective 7/1/22)
Pennsylvania $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Rhode Island $10.50 $11.50 $12.25
South Carolina $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25
South Dakota $9.30 $9.45 $9.95
Tennessee $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) $7.25
Texas $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Utah $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Vermont $10.96 $11.75 $12.55
Virginia $7.25 $9.50$11.00
Washington $13.50 $13.69 $14.49
West Virginia $8.75 $8.75 $8.75
Wisconsin $7.25 $7.25 $7.25
Wyoming $5.15 (Employers subject to Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the Federal minimum wage.) $5.15 (Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage) $5.15 (Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage) 

The map below shows which states have changes in minimum wages in 2022.

2022 Minimum Wage Increases by State

*$15.00 rate is for California employers with 26 or more employees. Employers in California with 25 or less employees have a minimum wage of $14.00 per hour. For local minimum wage rules, see our guide to California Minimum Wage by City.

**$12.50 applies to Maryland employers with 15 or more employees. Employers in Maryland with 14 of fewer employees must pay a minimum wage of $12.20 per hour.

***$10.33 rate is for large employers in Minnesota (with annual gross revenues of at least $500,000). Small employers have a minimum wage of $8.42 per hour.

****$9.50 is for Nevada employees who are offered health insurance. Nevada employees who are not offered health insurance must receive $10.50 per hour.

*****$13.00 applies to New Jersey employers who are non-seasonal and with 6 or more employees. Seasonal employees and those working for business who employ 5 or fewer employees must receive $11.90 per hour.

******In New York, the rate for Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties will increase to $15 per hour.

*******Minimum wage for the Portland Metro area is $14.00 per hour and $12.50 for nonurban counties in Oregon.

You can find minimum wages for tipped employees, here.

What States are Increasing the Minimum Wage in 2022?

25 states are raising their minimum wage in 2022. These states are:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington

In most of these states, the minimum wage will rise on January 1, 2022. However, some states’ minimum wages will go up later in the year. These include:

  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • Oregon

In New York, the minimum wage rate increase takes effect on December 31, 2021.

Is the Federal Minimum Wage Rising in 2022?

No. The federal minimum wage has remained $7.25 since 2009.

Which States Will Have a $15 Minimum Wage?

The following states have passed legislation to eventually reach a $15 minimum wage.

  • California (2022)
  • Connecticut (2023)
  • Delaware (2025)
  • Florida (2026)
  • Illinois (2025)
  • Maryland (2025)
  • Massachusetts (2023)
  • New Jersey (2024)
  • New York (2021 for some counties)
  • Rhode Island (2025)
  • Virginia (2026)
  • Washington, D.C. (2020)

What State Has the Highest Minimum Wage?

The state with the highest minimum wage is California ($15.00). However, this only applies to businesses with 26 or more employees. The state with the highest minimum wage applying to all companies is Washington ($14.49).

If Washington, D.C. were a state, it would have the highest minimum wage ($15.20).

What State Has the Lowest Minimum Wage?

The two states with the lowest minimum wage are Georgia ($5.15) and Wyoming ($5.15). However, employers in Georgia and Wyoming who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must still pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage.

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