18 States Have Raised Their Minimum Wage In 2018, Is Your State On The List?

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The new wages for the 18 states who raised their minimum wage in 2018.

What states raised their minimum wage in 2018?

Minimum wage workers have something to look forward to in 2018.

Speaking from experience as a minimum wage worker, I can assure you it isn't being yelled at for serving coffee you just brewed that the customer insists is "too cold," or being told to check the stockroom again for a different size item.

Seriously, people. The stockroom isn't magical. We don't walk through those forbidden doors into Narina to talk to a half man half goat creature who knits the right size for you.

But I digress.

The Labor Law Center reports that 18 states have raised their minimum wage between December 31 and January 1.

For some of the states, this has been a long-awaited bump since the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, where it was implemented that all states have a $7.25 minimum wage under federal law. Perhaps shockingly, 21 states still remain at $7.25.

However, 4.5 million minimum wage workers in 18 other states can expect a raise in the new year. So, what's the minimum wage in 2018 for your state?

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Women may, most of all, benefit from this wage increase as they make up two-thirds of all minimum wage workers in the United States.

On top of that, data shows that $15 an hour will be needed in order to cover basic living expenses by 2024 -- in all 50 states.

So what states have raised their minimum wage in 2018?

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Alaska Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $9.80

2018: $9.84

Arizona Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $10.00

2018: $10.50

California Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $10.50 (large employers), $10 (small employers)

2018: $11 (large employers), $10.50 (small employers)

Colorado Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $9.30

2018: $10.20

Florida Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $8.10

2018: $8.25

Hawaii Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $9.25

2018: $10.10

Maine Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $9.00

2018: $10.00

Michigan Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $8.90

2018: $9.25

Minnesota Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $9.50 (large employers), $7.75 (small employers)

2018: $9.65 (large employers), $7.87 (small employers)

Missouri Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $7.70

2018 $7.85

Montana Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $8.15

2018: $8.30

New Jersey Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $8.44

2018: $8.60

New York Minimum Wage 2018

Before: In New York City non-fast food workers and large employers $11, non-fast food workers, small employers $10.50, fast food workers $12.

In Long Island and Westchester non-fast food workers $10.

In upstate non-fast food workers $12, fast food workers (including Long Island and Westchester) $10.75.

2018: In New York City, non-fast food workers and large employers $13, non-fast food workers, small employers $12, fast food workers $13.50.

In Long Island and Westchester, non-fast food workers $11.

Upstate, non-fast food workers $10.40, fast food workers (including Long Island and Westchester) $11.75.

Ohio Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $8.15

2018: $8.30

Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $9.60

2018: $10.10

South Dakota Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $8.65

2018: $8.85

Vermont Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $10.00

2018: $10.50

Washington Minimum Wage 2018

Before: $11.00

2018: $11.50

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Hurray for getting closer to a livable wage!


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