Workers in 20 states will see minimum wages rise between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. According to the Economic Policy Institute, 5.3 million workers will see their pay rates increase as a result of numerous minimum wage hikes set to take effect across a number of states at the outset of 2019.
Additionally, 23 localities will be raising rates, according to a list compiled by the conservative-leaning Employment Policies Institute.
Collectively, those policy decisions will result in an extra $5.4 billion worth of pay next year – a $90 to $1,300 average pay bump per year-round employee, depending on state of residence.
Wages Changes in 2019
- California $12 from $11
In Mountain View, California – home to Google’s headquarters – as well as Sunnyvale, the rates will increase to $15.65. In Los Altos, Cupertino, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Jose, San Mateo and Santa Clara, the minimum wage will be hiked to $15 per hour.
- New York
In the state of New York, the minimum wage will rise to $11.10, from $10.40. For quick service employees, the statewide rate will be higher, at $12.75. In New York City, the starting rate for employees will be increased to $15 per hour, from the current $13. Long Island and Westchester will also hike wages to $12.
Lawmakers in Washington State are hiking worker pay to $12, a $0.50 increase. However, some cities are raising their minimum wages much higher.
- Alaska: $9.89, from $9.84
- Arizona: $11.00, from $10.50
- Arkansas: $9.25, from $8.50
- Colorado: $11.10, from $10.20
- Delaware: $8.75, from $8.25
- Florida: $8.46, from $8.25
- Maine: $11.00, from $10
- Massachusetts: $12.00, from $11
- Michigan: $9.45, from $9.25
- Minnesota: $9.86, from $9.65
- Montana: $8.50, from $8.30
- New Jersey: $8.85, from $8.60
- Ohio: $8.55, from $8.30
- Rhode Island: $10.50, from $10.10
- South Dakota: $9.10, from $8.85
- Vermont: $10.78, from $10.50
- Albuquerque, New Mexico, will raise its minimum wage to $9.20, while Las Cruces will increase it to $10.10. Flagstaff, Arizona, will see a $1 bump to $12 per hour.