The Minimum Wage in Every State in 2021

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It’s been more than a decade since the federal minimum wage was increased. First enacted by Congress in 1938 at 25 cents per hour, the minimum wage last received a boost in 2009 when it went from $6.55 to $7.25.

Despite recent calls to institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage — and some major employers already as much — the national minimum wage seems unlikely to change in 2021 either.

While the federal minimum wage has been stagnant for a decade, many states have enacted their own, higher minimum wage requirements. More than half of states have a minimum wage that is greater than the federal one, and workers in 20 states will see the wage increase further in 2021.

A handful of states either have no minimum wage or one that is below the federal level. In those areas, any employer subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act — which includes public agencies, health care facilities, schools and businesses with annual gross revenues of at least $500,000 — must comply with federal wage requirements.

Curious where your state stands? Keep reading to see the current minimum wage in every state and the District of Columbia, as well as whether that number will be going up in the new year. Data comes from Paycor, a human resources and payroll service provider.

1. Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Alabama is among the states that have no state minimum wage laws, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. So employers that are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.

2. Alaska

Fishermen on a boat
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2021 minimum wage: $10.34

2020 minimum wage: $10.19

3. Arizona

Construction workers building a house
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2021 minimum wage: $12.15

2020 minimum wage: $12.00

4. Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas
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2021 minimum wage: $11.00

2020 minimum wage: $10.00

5. California

Worker picking grapes
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2021 minimum wage: $14.00

2020 minimum wage: $13.00

Only businesses with 26 or more employees need to pay $14 per hour in 2021. Smaller businesses can pay $13 per hour. Many cities in the state also have their own higher minimum wage requirements.

6. Colorado

Boulder, Colorado
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2021 minimum wage: $12.32

2020 minimum wage: $12.00

7. Connecticut

Woman riding a bicycle
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2021 minimum wage: $13.00 (effective Aug. 1, 2021)

2020 minimum wage: $12.00

8. Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware
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2021 minimum wage: $10.25

2020 minimum wage: $9.25

9. Washington, D.C.

Segway tour on Capitol Hill
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2021 minimum wage: $15.00

2020 minimum wage: $15.00

10. Florida

Family on Florida beach
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2021 minimum wage: $10.00 (effective Sept. 30, 2021)

2020 minimum wage: $8.56

11. Georgia

Worker making salt water taffy
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2021 minimum wage: $5.15

2020 minimum wage: $5.15

Although Georgia’s state minimum wage is $5.15, employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

12. Hawaii

Landscaping workers
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2021 minimum wage: $10.10

2020 minimum wage: $10.10

13. Idaho

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

14. Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
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2021 minimum wage: $11.00

2020 minimum wage: $10.00

15. Indiana

Lafayette Indiana
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

16. Iowa

Dubuque, Iowa
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

17. Kansas

Cottonwood Fall, Kansas
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

18. Kentucky

Churchill Downs
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

19. Louisiana

New Orleans Louisiana
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Louisiana is among the states that have no state minimum wage laws, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. So employers that are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.

20. Maine

Portland, Maine
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2021 minimum wage: $12.15

2020 minimum wage: $12.00

21. Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland
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2021 minimum wage: $11.75

2020 minimum wage: $11.00

Only businesses with 15 or more employees need to pay $11.75 per hour in 2021. Smaller businesses can pay $11.60 per hour.

22. Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts
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2021 minimum wage: $13.50

2020 minimum wage: $12.75

23. Michigan

Marquette Michigan
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2021 minimum wage: $9.65

2020 minimum wage: $9.65

24. Minnesota

Duluth, Minnesota
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2021 minimum wage: $10.08

2020 minimum wage: $10.00

Only large employers with annual gross revenues of at least $500,000 need to pay $10.08 per hour. The minimum wage for smaller businesses is $8.21 per hour.

25. Mississippi

Mississippi road sign
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Mississippi is among the states that have no state minimum wage laws, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. So employers that are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.

26. Missouri

St. Charles Missouri
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2021 minimum wage: $10.30

2020 minimum wage: $9.45

27. Montana

Livingston, Montana
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2021 minimum wage: $8.75

2020 minimum wage: $8.65

28. Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska
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2021 minimum wage: $9.00

2020 minimum wage: $9.00

29. Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
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2021 minimum wage: $8.75 (effective July 1, 2021)

2020 minimum wage: $8.00

Nevada employees who are not offered health insurance must be paid a minimum of $9.75 per hour.

30. New Hampshire

Nashua, New Hampshire
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

31. New Jersey

cafe worker at a register
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2021 minimum wage: $12.00

2020 minimum wage: $11.00

Only businesses that are non-seasonal and have six or more employees need to pay $12 per hour in 2021. Seasonal and smaller businesses can pay $11.00 per hour.

32. New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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2021 minimum wage: $10.50

2020 minimum wage: $9.00

33. New York

Garbage truck in New York City
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2021 minimum wage: $12.50

2020 minimum wage: $11.80

Some cities in the state have their own higher minimum wage requirements.

34. North Carolina

Linemen working in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

35. North Dakota

Fargo, North Dakota
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

36. Ohio

Ohio roadway sign
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2021 minimum wage: $8.80

2020 minimum wage: $8.70

37. Oklahoma

Workers fixing a pipe leak
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

38. Oregon

Portland, Oregon
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2021 minimum wage: $12.75 (effective July 1, 2021)

2020 minimum wage: $12.00

39. Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

40. Rhode Island

Fishing boat
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2021 minimum wage: $11.50

2020 minimum wage: $10.50

41. South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

South Carolina is among the states that have no state minimum wage laws, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. So employers that are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.

42. South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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2021 minimum wage: $9.45

2020 minimum wage: $9.30

43. Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Tennessee is among the states that have no state minimum wage laws, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. So employers that are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.

44. Texas

Greenville, Texas
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

45. Utah

Sandy, Utah
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

46. Vermont

Al's French Frys restaurant
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2021 minimum wage: $11.75

2020 minimum wage: $10.96

47. Virginia

Workers at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia
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2021 minimum wage: $9.50

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

48. Washington

Seattle
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2021 minimum wage: $13.69

2020 minimum wage: $13.50

49. West Virginia

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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2021 minimum wage: $8.75

2020 minimum wage: $8.75

50. Wisconsin

Wisconsin country road with cow crossing sign.
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2021 minimum wage: $7.25

2020 minimum wage: $7.25

51. Wyoming

Sheridan, Wyoming
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2021 minimum wage: $5.15

2020 minimum wage: $5.15

Although Wyoming’s state minimum wage is $5.15, employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

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