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How to Ensure You Are Getting Paid the Minimum Wage

Do you know how much you are getting paid for the work you are doing? There is a national minimum wage, but most states have their own minimum wage. If your salary is very low, perhaps you’re not being paid the fair amount for your work.

Truth be told, the minimum wage is nowhere near enough to live on. Imagine being paid between $5 and $9.50 per hour, working for 40 hours per week, and having less than $2,000 or $3,000 to live on every month (after taxes). The cost of living is fairly high in many places, so earning minimum wage usually isn’t enough.

Thankfully, a large number of the U.S. states have a minimum wage higher than the rate set by the U.S. Government. You can see which states pay more than the Federal Minimum wage by checking out the map on the Department of Labor website.

Here is a list of the minimum wages of each state:

Alabama

none                                  

Alaska $7.75

 

American Samoa

varies                          

Arizona

$7.90                              

Arkansas

$6.25                              

California

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$9.00 (will increase to $10.00 as of Jan 1, 2016               

Colorado

$8.00                              

Connecticut

$8.70 (will increase to $9.60 as of Jan 1, 2016)

Delaware

$7.75 (will increase to $8.25 as of Jan 1, 2016)  

D.C.

$9.50 (will increase to $11.50 as of Jan 1, 2016)

Florida

$7.93                              

Georgia

$5.15                              

Guam

$7.25                              

Hawaii

$7.25 (will increase to $8.50 as of Jan 1, 2016)

Idaho

$7.25                              

Illinois

$8.25                                

Indiana

$7.25                                 

Iowa

$7.25                                 

Kansas

$7.25                                

Kentucky

$7.25                                 

Louisiana

none                                

Maine

$7.50                 

Maryland

$7.25 (will increase to $8.75 as of Jan 1, 2016)

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Massachusetts                

$8.00 (will increase to $10.00 as of Jan 1, 2016)

Michigan

$7.40 (will increase to $8.50 as of Jan 1, 2016)   

Minnesota

$8.00 for Large Employers/$6.50 for Small Employers

Mississippi

none                                

Missouri

$7.50 7                                             

Montana

$7.90/$4.00

Nebraska

$7.25                                

Nevada

$8.25/$7.25

New Hampshire

None

New Jersey

$8.25  

New Mexico

$7.50                                

New York

$8.00  

North Carolina

$7.25

North Dakota

$7.25                                

Ohio     

$7.95/$7.25

Oklahoma

$7.25                

Oregon                

$9.10  

Pennsylvania

$7.25

Puerto Rico

$7.25

Rhode Island

$8.00

South Carolina

none

South Dakota

$7.25

Tennessee

none

Texas   

$7.25

Utah

$7.25

Vermont

$8.73     (will increase to $9.60 as of Jan 1, 2016)

Virgin Islands

$7.25/$4.30 13

Virginia

$7.25

Washington

$9.32

West Virginia

$7.25

Wisconsin

$7.25

Wyoming

$5.15

         

Information courtesy of: http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/state-minimum-wage-chart.aspx

If you’re not certain you’re being paid the minimum wage, consult this table to see what the minimum wage in your state is. Bring this information to your Human Resources manager, and ask to see your paychecks. You can find out what you are being paid per hour, and compare that payment to the minimum wage for your state to see if you are being paid a fair wage.

Note: For certain jobs--waiting tables, for example--you will NOT be paid the minimum salary, for it is expected that you will earn enough tips to equal the minimum wage. Many servers are paid $2.50 to $3 per hour, but they get to keep tips.

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