What is minimum wage?
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires certain employers, as defined by the law, to pay a minimum wage for all hours an employee is suffered or permitted to work. The federal minimum wage rate (currently $7.25) hasn’t been changed since 2009, but individual cities and states can choose to set their minimum wages at higher rates than that of the federal rate. In states with no minimum-wage law or the minimum wage is below the federal minimum wage, the federal minimum wage applies to workers protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
State Minimum Wage Rates
The map below shows the standard minimum wage rate for each state as of July 1, 2019.
NOTE: This map does not reflect any local (city, county, etc.) rules or regulations. Please refer to each state’s labor department website for more detailed information about additional minimum wage requirements for specific types of employers, localities or types of employment. (A list of state labor department websites is available on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website: https://www.dol.gov/whd/contacts/state_of.htm.)