As California Raises Minimum Wage to $15, What's the Minimum Wage in Other States?

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Current Wal-Mart employees, right, yell out that they love their jobs to former employees, who were fired earlier in the year, during a protest march by the former employees for a $15 minimum wage. The march was held at the store in Pico Rivera, California, on November 19, 2015. By 2022, the state will raise the minimum wage to $15. Alex Gallardo/Reuters

On Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators reached a deal to raise the state's minimum wage in increments to $15 an hour by 2022. The deal will make California's minimum wage the highest of any state in the nation and will likely add tinder to the already heated national debate over minimum wage laws.

In the United States, the minimum wage is determined by a tangle of federal, state and city laws. The federal minimum wage, established in the Fair Labor Standards Act, has been $7.25 an hour since 2009. In 2013, President Barack Obama called on Congress and state and city legislators to raise it. Since then, a slew of states and cities have heeded his call.

In 2014, Massachusetts passed a law to raise its minimum wage in increments over three years. In 2015, it increased to $9 an hour; by 2017, it will be $11 an hour. In all, 29 states and Washington, D.C., have higher minimum wages than the federally mandated minimum. Fourteen states have passed minimum wage laws that match the federal minimum. Two states have lower minimum wages than the federal minimum, and five states have no minimum wage at all. In states with minimums lower than the federal wage or without minimums, the federal minimum applies.

In certain cities, the minimum wage is even higher. Since 2003, San Francisco's minimum wage has been $12.25 an hour. In 2014, the city passed a statute that will raise the wage to $15 by 2018. Los Angeles and Seattle are two other cities that will offer a $15 minimum wage in the near future.

Here's a state-by-state guide to minimum wage laws:

No Minimum Wage

  • Alabama
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

Minimum Wage Same as Federal

  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Minimum Wage Higher Than Federal

  • Alaska - $9.75
  • Arkansas - $8
  • California - $15 (by 2022)
  • Colorado - $8.31
  • Connecticut - $9.60
  • Washington, D.C. - $10.50
  • Delaware - $8.25
  • Florida - $8.05
  • Hawaii - $8.50
  • Illinois - $8.25
  • Massachusetts - $10
  • Maryland - $8.25
  • Maine - $7.50
  • Michigan - $8.50
  • Minnesota - $9
  • Missouri - $7.65
  • Montana - $8.05
  • Nebraska - $9
  • New Jersey - $8.38
  • New Mexico - $7.50
  • New York - $9
  • Nevada - $8.25
  • Ohio - $8.10
  • Oregon - $9.25
  • Rhode Island - $9.60
  • South Dakota - $8.55
  • Vermont - $9.60
  • Washington - $9.47
  • West Virginia - $8.75
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