15 December 2023

Guess what? Minimum wages are going up in 25 states in 2024!

By Ronald Smith

I’ve got some pretty exciting news for you. Brace yourself, because I’m about to spill the beans on an important update. Can you believe it? The minimum wages in not just one, but 25 states are going up this year!

Now, I know what you might be thinking. What’s the big deal? Well, let me break it down for you. Minimum wages are the lowest amount of money that employers can legally pay their workers. It’s like a safety net, making sure that everyone gets a fair shake when it comes to their paychecks.

But wait, there’s more! These increases haven’t just happened out of the blue. No, sirree! There are folks out there, like legislators and policymakers, who have carefully analyzed and considered the needs of workers. They recognize that the cost of living is constantly on the rise, and it’s essential that people are able to afford the basics – like food, housing, and healthcare.

So, they’ve made a change. And this change affects real people – everyday heroes who work tirelessly to make ends meet. Now, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty amazing that steps are being taken to give them a little more financial stability.

Now, I’ve got a surprise for you. Are you ready for this? Drumroll, please! I’m going to reveal the 25 states where the minimum wages are going up. Get ready to celebrate if you’re in one of these:

1. Alabama

2. Alaska

3. Arizona

4. California

5. Colorado

6. Connecticut

7. Delaware

8. Florida

9. Hawaii

10. Illinois

11. Maine

12. Maryland

13. Massachusetts

14. Michigan

15. Minnesota

16. Missouri

17. Montana

18. Nebraska

19. New Jersey

20. New Mexico

21. New York

22. Ohio

23. Oregon

24. South Dakota

25. Washington

Now, I’ll admit, I’m not exactly sure how much the wages will increase in each state. But you can always find that out by checking with your local government. They’ve got all the details you need to know.

So, here’s the bottom line: Minimum wages are going up in 25 states this year, and that’s something worth celebrating. It’s a small step towards a fairer and more equitable society, where hard work is rewarded and people have a better chance at a decent life.

I don’t know about you, but that puts a smile on my face.

Guess what? Minimum wages are going up in 25 states in 2021!

Did you know that in 2021, 25 states will be increasing their minimum wage? Pretty cool, right? And get this – 21 of those states are making the changes on New Year’s day!

Now, let me tell you about the minimum wage rates in different states. Georgia and Wyoming have the lowest rates at $5.15. But don’t worry, most employers and employees have to follow the higher federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

But here’s the thing – raising the minimum wage can be tough for small businesses, especially those already dealing with the effects of the pandemic. According to a Small Business Index issued by the Chamber of Commerce, about half of these businesses (that’s 50%!) think they’ll only be able to keep running for a year or less before they have to close down for good. It’s a tough situation, and some businesses might have to make the tough choice between raising wages or letting go of their staff.

I wanted to share some interesting findings with you. It seems like more small businesses are planning to reduce their staff this quarter, with 14% of them planning to do so. That’s an increase from 9% last quarter, and we haven’t seen numbers like that since the pandemic started in late April, when it was 13%. It’s definitely a challenging time for businesses.

Here are some more interesting things I found:

  • In New Jersey, they’ve established a minimum wage for direct-care workers employed by long-term health-care facilities. As of September 16, 2020, these workers are getting paid $3.00 more than the state minimum wage. It’s a way to support the healthcare industry.
  • The city of Emeryville, California will have the highest minimum wage in the entire country, at $16.84 per hour. That’s quite impressive!
  • Seattle has the second highest minimum wage among cities, with a rate of $16.69 per hour. On the other hand, California will have the highest state rate of $14.00 per hour.

I want to talk about something interesting I learned about minimum wages in different states. Some states, like California, Colorado, Maine, and Washington, have been gradually increasing their minimum wages to make sure it’s enough for people to live on. They’ve been doing this by raising it little by little over time.

On the other hand, states like Alaska, Florida, Minnesota, and Montana have been adjusting their minimum wage each year to account for changes in the cost of living. This means that as the cost of living goes up, the minimum wage goes up too, to keep pace with it.

It’s important to note that the federal minimum wage, which is the lowest amount employers are legally allowed to pay their workers, has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. That’s the longest it’s gone without an increase since it was first established back in 1938. But here’s the thing: states have the power to set their own minimum wages, so some states have chosen to raise it higher than the federal level.

Now, let’s take a closer look at where each state stands in terms of their minimum wages for 2021.

Arizona

I wanted to let you know that the minimum wage in Arizona has increased to $12.15 per hour, up from $12.00. That’s good news for all the hardworking folks out there! And guess what? You’re also entitled to paid sick leave. For every 30 hours you work, you’ll earn one hour of paid sick time. However, the amount of sick leave you can take depends on how big your employer is.

Arkansas

Hey, did you hear the news? The minimum wage in Arkansas has gone up to $11.00 from $10.00 per hour. It’s always great when hard work is recognized and rewarded, right?

California

In California, the minimum wage is now $14.00 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. If you work for a smaller employer, it’s $13.00 per hour. It’s important for all of us to have fair wages that reflect the cost of living, don’t you think?

Colorado

Guess what? In Colorado, the minimum wage has increased to $12.32 per hour, up from $12.00. It’s a small increase, but it can make a big difference for hardworking individuals like you. Keep up the good work!

Connecticut

Florida

Hey there, Floridians! The minimum wage in Florida has gone up to $8.65 per hour, which is an increase of 9 cents. This change is based on a 1.07% increase in the cost of living. And if you’re a tipped employee, your minimum wage is now $5.63 per hour. It’s always important to make sure everyone is paid fairly, don’t you agree?

Illinois

I have some good news for you! The minimum wage in Illinois has increased to $11.00 per hour, up from $10.00. It’s great to see steps being taken to ensure that hardworking individuals like yourself are compensated fairly for their efforts.

Maine

Hey, Mainers! Just wanted to give you a heads up that the minimum wage in Maine has increased to $12.15 per hour, up from $12.00. It’s always a positive step when workers are given fair compensation for their hard work, don’t you think?

Maryland

In 2021, the minimum wage has been adjusted for different states across the country. Let me break it down for you:

In Massachusetts, the minimum wage is now $13.50 per hour, which is an increase of 75 cents.

Moving on to Michigan, the minimum wage has gone up to $9.87 from $9.65 per hour.

Now, in Minnesota, there are different rates depending on the size of the employer. For employees of large employers with annual sales of at least $500,000, the minimum wage is now $10.08 per hour, up from $10.00. For employees of small employers, the minimum wage has increased to $8.21 per hour from $8.15.

In Missouri, the minimum wage has been raised to $10.30 from $9.45 per hour.

Lastly, let’s talk about Montana. The minimum wage has gone up by 10 cents, making it $8.75 per hour. This increase is based on a 1.31% change in the cost of living and has been rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

Finally, in New Jersey…

Hey there, let’s talk about minimum wage. Did you know that the hourly rate has increased in several states? I’ll break it down for you.

New Mexico

The new minimum wage in New Mexico is $10.50 per hour, up from $9.00.

New York

Nevada

Ohio

In Ohio, the minimum wage is now $8.80 per hour, which is 10 cents higher than the previous rate of $8.70. This increase is based on a 1.4% rise in the cost of living. Wage rates are adjusted every year to keep up with inflation.

Oregon

Pennsylvania

The minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25 per hour, but if you work under the Governor’s jurisdiction, you’ll get $13.50 per hour instead, up from $13.00.

South Dakota

In South Dakota, the new minimum wage is $9.45 per hour, up by 15 cents from $9.30. Just like in Ohio, wage rates are adjusted annually to match inflation.

Vermont

And finally, in Vermont, the minimum wage has gone up to $11.75 per hour. That’s a scheduled increase of 79 cents from the previous rate of $10.96 per hour in 2020.

Washington State Minimum Wage

I’m here to give you the lowdown on the minimum wage in Washington. So, if you’re curious about how much you can earn, stick with me.

If you’re 18 years old or older, you’ll be paid a minimum of $13.69 per hour. That’s not too shabby, right? But hold on, there’s more to it. This rate is based on a 1.39% increase in the cost of living. It’s just a fancy way of saying that the paycheck goes up to keep up with how things are getting more expensive.

Now, if you’re under 16 years old, things are a little different for you. You’ll be paid 85% of the adult minimum wage. In 2021, that comes out to be $11.64 per hour. Pretty cool, right? You can still make some good money!

So, remember, depending on your age, you’ll be earning either $13.69 or $11.64 per hour. Keep in mind that these rates are the minimum salaries you can get. Hopefully, this info helps you understand how much you can expect to earn. Good luck!