Minimum wage workers in 13 states will be getting “a raise” come 2014 when the minimum wage raises.
Congress is currently considering a legislation that would up the federal minimum wage, but nothing has been decided yet. Washington state continues to be the highest minimum wage in the country, at $9.32 an hour.
Some cities in the U.S. will be raising their minimum wages too. It is great to see certain cities doing this, because a $10.74 minimum wage in San Francisco makes a lot more sense then in Northern California where it is a lot cheaper to live. San Francisco will no longer be the highest municipal minimum wage in the country, though, recently voters in SeaTac, Washington approved a whopping $15 minimum wage for about 6,000 airport workers. It is suppose to go into effect January 1st, but is currently being challenged in court.
Many of these minimum wage increases are due to cost of living going up – 10 states guarantee they will raise the minimum wage due to that every year.
31 states just stick to the federal minimum wage of $7.25, which hasn’t been changed since 2009. While that may work in some states with a lower cost of living such as Idaho or Kansas, states like New York are sometimes impossible to live on at the rate.
Here is a list of the state and local increases that will go into effect January 1st, as compiled by the Employment Policies Institute:
- Arizona: $7.80 to $7.90
- Colorado: $7.78 to $8.00
- Connecticut: $8.25 to $8.70
- Florida: $7.79 to $7.93
- Missouri: $7.35 to $7.50
- Montana: $7.80 to $7.90
- New Jersey: $7.25 to $8.25
- New York: $7.25 to $8.00
- Ohio: $7.85 to $7.95
- Oregon: $8.95 to $9.10
- Rhode Island: $7.75 to $8.00
- Vermont: $8.60 to $8.73
- Washington State: $9.19 to $9.32
- Albuquerque, N.M.: $8.50 to $8.60
- Bernalillo County, N.M.: $8.00 to $8.50
- San Francisco, Calif.: $10.55 to $10.74
- San Jose, Calif.: $10.00 to $10.15
- SeaTac, Wash.: $9.19 to $15.00