2019 Minimum Wage Changes in the United States

Across the US, states are raising their minimum wage laws every month. If it’s been hard for you to stay on top of the changes, check out this updated list.

Minimum wage changes across the US

This year, several minimum wage increases are set to occur across the United States and your company might be affected. In total, 26 states, the District of Columbia, and 46 other localities were impacted by these changes and for many this is just the first of several increases that are scheduled to happen each following year. As several of these changes have already occurred for 2019, your company will want to review your current non-exempt employee’s hourly wage and make adjustments accordingly. You can find a review of these changes in our tables below.

January 1, 2019 Minimum Wage Updates

Location Previous Jan 1, 2019 Jan 1, 2020
Alaska $9.84 $9.89 N/A*
Arizona $10.50 $11.00 $12.00
Flagstaff, AZ $11.00 $12.00 $13.00
Arkansas $8.50 $9.25 $10.00
California $11.00 $12.00 $13.00
Belmond, CA $12.50 $13.50 $15.00
Cupertino, CA $13.50 $15.00 N/A*
Daly City, CA $10.50 $12.00 $13.75
El Cerrito, CA $13.50 $15.00 N/A*
Los Altos, CA $13.50 $15.00 N/A*
Mountain View, CA $15.00 $15.65 N/A*
Oakland, CA $13.23 $13.80 N/A*
Palo Alto, CA $13.50 $15.00 N/A*
Redwood City, CA $11.50 $13.50 $15.00
Richmond,CA $13.41 $15.00 N/A*
San Diego, CA $11.50 $12.00 N/A*
San Jose, CA $13.50 $15.00 N/A*
San Mateo,CA (For-Profits) $13.50 $15.00 N/A*
San Mateo, CA (Nonprofits) $12.00 $13.50 N/A*
Santa Clara, CA $13.00 $15.00 N/A*
Sunnyvale, CA $15.00 $15.65 N/A*
Colorado $10.20 $11.10 $12.00
Florida $8.25 $8.46 N/A*
Illinois $8.25 $8.25 $9.25
Maine $10.00 $11.00 $12.00
Maryland $10.10 $10.10 $11.00
Massachusetts $11.00 $12.00 $12.75
Michigan $9.25 $9.45 $9.65
Minnesota $9.65 $9.86 N/A*
Missouri $7.85 $8.60 $9.45
Montana $8.30 $8.50 N/A*
New Jersey

*See also July 1st updates*

$8.60 $8.85 $11.00
New Mexico $7.50 $7.50 $9.00
Albuquerque, NM $7.95 $9.20 N/A*
Bernalillo County, NM $8.85 $9.05 N/A*
Las Cruces, NM $9.20 $10.10 N/A*
Sante Fe County, NM $11.40 $11.80 N/A*
Ohio $8.30 $8.55 N/A*
Rhode Island $10.10 $10.50 N/A*
South Dakota $8.65 $9.10 N/A*
Vermont $10.50 $10.78 N/A*
Washington $11.50 $12.00 $13.50
Seattle, WA

Employers with 500 or more employees in the U.S that pay towards individual employee’s medical benefits.

$15.00 $16.00 N/A*
Seattle, WA

Employers with 500 or more employees in the U.S. that do not pay towards individual employee’s medical benefits.

$15.45 $16.00 N/A*
Tacoma, WA $12.00 $12.35 N/A*

January 1, 2019 Small Business Minimum Wage Updates

Several of these locations have set a different minimum wage for smaller businesses.

Location Previous Jan 1, 2019 Jan 1, 2020
Arkansas

Employers with 3 or fewer employees

Federal Minimum Wage
California

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$10.50 $11.00 $12.00
Illinois

Employers with 3 or fewer employees

Federal Minimum Wage
Maryland

Employers with 14 or fewer employees

$9.25 $10.10 $11.00
Minnesota

Employers annual gross revenues are less than $500,000

N/A $8.04 N/A*
New Jersey

Employers with 5 or fewer employees

$8.85 $8.85 $10.30
Seattle, WA

Employers with 500 or fewer employees in the U.S. Employer pays towards individual employee’s medical benefits.

$11.50 $12.00 $13.50
Seattle, WA

Employers with 500 or fewer employees in the U.S and the employer does not pay towards individual employee’s medical benefits.

$14.00 $15.00 $15.75

March 1, 2019 Minimum Wage Updates

Location Previous July 1, 2019 July 1, 2020
Santa Fe, NM $11.40 $11.80 N/A*

July 1, 2019 Minimum Wage Updates

Location Previous July 1, 2019 July 1, 2020
Alameda, CA $11.00 13.50 $15.00
Emeryville, CA $15.69 $16.30 $16.42
Fremont, CA $12.00 $13.50 $15.00
Los Angeles County, CA $13.25 $14.25 $15.00
Los Angeles, CA $13.25 $14.25 $15.00
Malibu, CA $13.25 $14.25 N/A*
Milpitas, CA $13.50 $15.00 N/A*
Pasadena, CA $13.25 $14.25 $15.00
San Francisco, CA $15.00 $15.59 N/A*
San Leandro, CA $13.00 $14.00 $15.00
Santa Monica, CA $13.25 $14.25 $15.00
District of Columbia $13.25 $14.00 $15.00
Illinois **See January 1st updates $10.00
Chicago, IL $12.00 $13.00 N/A*
Cook County, IL $11.00 $12.00 $13.00
Montgomery County, MD $12.25 $13.00 N/A*
Portland, ME $11.00 $11.10 N/A*
Minneapolis, MN $11.25 $12.25 $13.25
Nevada $8.85 N/A* N/A*
New Jersey **See Jan 1st updates $10.00 **See Jan 1st updates
Oregon

Non-Rural Counties

$10.75 $11.25 $12.00
Oregon

Rural Counties

$10.50 $11.00 $11.50
Portland Metro Area, OR $12.00 $12.50 $13.25st paul

July 1, 2019 Small Business Minimum Wage Updates

Several of these locations have set a different minimum wage for smaller businesses.

Location Previous July 1, 2019 July 1, 2020
Alameda, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$10.30 $13.50 $15.00
Emeryville, CA

Employers with 55 or fewer employees

$15.00 $16.00 $16.42
Freemont, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$11.00 Increases to $15.00 in 2021
Los Angeles County, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$12.00 $13.25 $14.25
Los Angeles, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$12.00 $13.25 $14.25
Malibu, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$12.00 $13.25 $14.25
Pasadena, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$12.00 $13.25 $14.25
Santa Monica, CA

Employers with 25 or fewer employees

$12.00 $13.25 $14.25
Chicago, IL

Employers with 3 or fewer employees

Federal Minimum Wage
Cook County, IL

Employers with 3 or fewer employees

Federal Minimum Wage
Montgomery County, MD

Employers with 10 or fewer employees

$12.00 $12.50 $13.00
Montgomery County, MD

Employers with 11-50 employees

$12.00 $12.50 $13.25
Montgomery County, MD

Employers with 51 or more employees

$12.25 $13.00 $14.00
Minneapolis, MN

Employers with 100 or fewer employees

$10.25 $11.00 $11.75
St. Paul, MN

Employers with 6 or fewer employees

N/A N/A $9.25
St. Paul, MN

Employers with 6-100 employees

N/A N/A $10.00
St. Paul, MN

Employers with 100-10,000 employees

N/A N/A $11.50
St. Paul, MN

Employers with 10,001 or more employees

N/A N/A $12.50

October 1, 2019 Minimum Wage Updates

Location Previous Oct 1, 2019 Oct 1, 2020
Delaware $8.25 $9.25 $9.75

December 31, 2019 Minimum Wage Updates

Location Previous Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2020
New York $11.10 $11.80 $12.50
New York

Fast Food Employees

$12.75 $13.75 $14.50
New York City, NY

Employers with 11 or more employees

$15.00 N/A* N/A*
New York City, NY

Fast Food Employees

$15.00 N/A* N/A*
Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, NY $12.00 $13.00 $14.00
Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, NY
Fast Food Employees
$12.75 $13.75 N/A*

December 31, 2019 Small Business Minimum Wage Updates

Location

Location Previous Oct 1, 2019 Oct 1, 2020
New York City, NY

Employers with 10 or fewer employees

$13.50 $15.00 N/A*

* These locations have yet to state what the upcoming minimum wage will be in 2020.

How can you stay on top of minimum wage changes?

In order for your company to remain compliant with these increases, you will want to frequently review the minimum wage updates in your company’s varying work locations and adjust employee’s hourly wage if needed.

Need help determining what to pay your non-exempt hourly employees? Our Advisory Team can help!

This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to provide legal, regulatory, accounting, or tax advice. This article also does not reflect changes made after it’s publishing date, 4/18/19.

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