Is Your State One Of The 18 That Just Raised The Minimum Wage?

2018 brought some good news for minimum wage workers across the country: According to the Labor Law Center, 18 states raised their minimum wage between December 31 and January 1.

Some of the states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, New York, and Washington, which are in the process of a gradual wages increase that will eventually get to a total of either $12 or $15 per hour.

The minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 per hour since 2009, but as of now there are 29 states with laws mandating higher pay than that. Recent data shows that by 2024 workers will need at least a $15 per hour minimum wage in order to cover basic living expenses.

Wage increases like the ones we just saw benefit everyone, but particularly women, who represent about two-thirds of all minimum wage workers in the country. (In some states, such as North Dakota and Alabama, they make up three-quarters of those workers.)

“Workers across the country are now starting to see the pay increases they’ve been winning through the Fight for $15,” Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, said in a statement. “These big raises offer hope for workers – and are inspiring more states and cities to push for big raises for workers at the bottom.”

Ahead, a look at the states that just raised their minimum wage rate.

Alaska

Before: $9.80

Now: $9.84

Tipped minimum wage: Doesn’t apply.

Arizona

Before: $10

Now: $10.50

Tipped minimum wage: Yes, it increased from $7.00 to $7.50.

California

Before: $10.50 (large employers), $10 (small employers)

Now: $11 (large employers), $10.50 (small employers)

Tipped minimum wage: Doesn’t apply.

Colorado

Before: $9.30

Now: $10.20

Tipped minimum wage: Yes, it increased from $6.28 to $7.18.

Florida

Before: $8.10

Now: $8.25

Tipped minimum wage: Yes, it increased from $5.08 to $5.23.

Hawaii

Before: $9.25

Now: $10.10

Tipped minimum wage: Yes, it increased from $8.50 to $9.35.

Maine

Before: $9

Now: $10

Tipped minimum wage: Stays the same at $5.

Michigan

Before: $8.90

Now: $9.25

Tipped minimum wage: Yes, it increased from $3.38 to $3.52.

Minnesota

Before: $9.50 (large employers), $7.75 (small employers)

Now: $9.65 (large employers), $7.87 (small employers)

Tipped minimum wage: Doesn’t apply.

Missouri

Before: $7.70

Now: $7.85

Tipped minimum wage: Yes, it increased from $3.85 to $3.93.

Montana

Before: $8.15

Now: $8.30

Tipped minimum wage: Doesn’t apply.

New Jersey

Before: $8.44

Now: $8.60

Tipped minimum wage: Stays the same at $2.13.

New York

Before: $11 (New York City non-fast food workers, large employers), $10.50 (New York City non-fast food workers, small employers), $10 (Long Island and Westchester non-fast food workers), $9.70 (upstate non-fast food workers), $12 (New York City fast food workers), $10.75 (fast food workers elsewhere)

Now: $13 (New York City non-fast food workers, large employers), $12 (New York City non-fast food workers, small employers), $11 (Long Island and Westchester non-fast food workers), $10.40 (upstate non-fast food workers), $13.50 (New York City fast food workers), $11.75 (fast food workers elsewhere)

Tipped minimum wage: Doesn’t apply.

Ohio

Before: $8.15

Now: $8.30

Tipped minimum wage: Yes, it increased from $4.08 to $4.15.

Rhode Island

Before: $9.60

Now: $10.10

Tipped minimum wage: Stays the same at $3.89.

South Dakota

Before: $8.65

Now: $8.85

Tipped minimum wage: Yes, it increased from $4.33 to $4.43.

Vermont

Before: $10

Now: $10.50

Tipped minimum wage: Yes, it increased from $5 to $5.25.

Washington

Before: $11

Now: $11.50

Tipped minimum wage: Doesn’t apply.

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