Eighteen states rang in 2019 with new, higher minimum wage rates. These states (AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, ME, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, SD, and WA) have scheduled annual adjustments for their minimum wages based on approved legislation, via ballot initiative, or varying formulas.
Thirty states have a minimum wage higher than the federal rate, sixteen states’ minimum wages are equal to the federal rate, and five states have no minimum wage requirement at all. The higher rate (state or federal) always prevails when the laws differ.
Our 2019 State and Federal Minimum Wage Chart is available for free download on the ThinkHR website. We track all state minimum wage rates throughout the year and provide information on changes to ThinkHR customers. Changes are posted in Comply in law alerts and current minimum wage rates appear on each state homepage and on each state’s minimum wage and overtime page.