The Latest Minimum Wage Laws: What to Do With That Bill for $15 an Hour?

First off, congratulations to every state that passed a state-level minimum wage hike in 2018. That way, New Jersey workers in the future will earn $15 per hour and their paychecks will be bigger. However, …

First off, congratulations to every state that passed a state-level minimum wage hike in 2018. That way, New Jersey workers in the future will earn $15 per hour and their paychecks will be bigger. However, according to National Federation of Independent Business, more state-level minimum wage hikes are on the way because, as we said, the federal minimum wage is $7.25.

Not only that, but, according to the White House, 28 states already surpassed the federal minimum wage. At $7.25, that means the federal minimum wage is a paltry $15 per hour in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

What can you do with that? Here’s a look at what minimum wage laws in the lowest 20 states look like today:

Pay More Than $7.25

As we said, these states pay at least $7.25. To be exact, here’s the minimum wage today in states where you can make at least $7.25, where the minimum wage is expected to rise and where the minimum wage is going up this fall:

California: $10.50 an hour

Massachusetts: $11 an hour

Washington: $11 an hour

Ohio: $8.95 an hour

Indiana: $8.25 an hour

West Virginia: $8.25 an hour

Arkansas: $8.15 an hour

Wisconsin: $7.85 an hour

Michigan: $7.40 an hour

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And here’s the list of states with the lowest minimum wage. You can check out some of the lowest minimum wage states on AFSCME’s MoneyWire Website

Here’s a breakdown of the following states:

South Dakota: $7.50 an hour

Maine: $7.50 an hour

New Mexico: $7.25 an hour

Arkansas: $7.25 an hour

Louisiana: $7.25 an hour

Mississippi: $7.25 an hour

Indiana: $7.25 an hour

Nebraska: $7.25 an hour

Alabama: $7.25 an hour

Arizona: $7.25 an hour

Indiana: $7.25 an hour

Georgia: $7.25 an hour

Kentucky: $7.25 an hour

Louisiana: $7.25 an hour

Iowa: $7.25 an hour

Massachusetts: $7.25 an hour

Hawaii: $7.25 an hour

Illinois: $7.25 an hour

Florida: $7.25 an hour

Pennsylvania: $7.25 an hour

Nevada: $7.25 an hour

Colorado: $7.25 an hour

Rhode Island: $7.25 an hour

West Virginia: $7.25 an hour

Michigan: $7.25 an hour

Kansas: $7.25 an hour

New Mexico: $7.25 an hour

South Dakota: $7.25 an hour

Arizona: $7.25 an hour

Colorado: $7.25 an hour

Idaho: $7.25 an hour

Minnesota: $7.25 an hour

Mississippi: $7.25 an hour

Arizona: $7.25 an hour

Alabama: $7.25 an hour

New York: $7.25 an hour

California: $10.50 an hour

New Jersey: $15 an hour

Texas: $7.25 an hour

New Mexico: $7.25 an hour

Mississippi: $7.25 an hour

Louisiana: $7.25 an hour

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 10 million workers make less than $15 per hour. About 2.3 million workers make less than $10 per hour.

Number of States With the Lowest Minimum Wage

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