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How the minimum wage has changed in your state

  • Hawaii

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $10.10
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.25 ($8.09 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.90 ($9.72 inflation-adjusted)

    Hawaii’s minimum wage sits $2.85 above the federally-mandated minimum wage. The annual income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home in Hawaii at HUD’s Fair Market Rate is $80,613.

  • Idaho

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($7.71 inflation-adjusted)

    Idaho is right on the money, meeting the federally-mandated minimum wage of $7.25. However, it falls $3.79 below the living wage for an individual. The annual income needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Idaho at HUD’s Fair Market Rate is $34,511.

  • Illinois

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $10
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($7.71 inflation-adjusted)

    Workers in Illinois earn $2.75 over the federally-mandated wage, and the minimum wage is set to increase to $15 by 2025. However, the minimum wage in Cook County is $13 an hour, while the rate in Chicago is already $14 an hour.

  • Indiana

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2 ($6.70 inflation-adjusted)

    Indiana employers pay workers the current federally-mandated wage of $7.25 per hour. This is $3.79 under the living wage for an individual in the state. However, several legislators have proposed minimum wage increases in the statehouse.

  • Iowa

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: no state-level minimum

    Iowa workers can expect to make the federally-mandated minimum wage of $7.25. Employees of Amazon’s warehouse in Des Moines will earn $15 an hour, more than double the state’s minimum wage.

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  • Kansas

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $2.65 ($4.08 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $1.60 ($5.36 inflation-adjusted)

    If you work in Kansas, you have seen the minimum wage stay at $7.25 for the last decade. This is the same rate the federal government has mandated since 2009.

  • Kentucky

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.15 ($7.20 inflation-adjusted)

    The Bluegrass State mirrors the federally-mandated minimum wage of $7.25. This translates into $290 a week based on a 40-hour work week, or $15,080 per year. The state has not increased its minimum wage for over a decade.

  • Louisiana

    - Minimum wage in 2020: no state-level minimum
    - Minimum wage in 2000: no state-level minimum
    - Minimum wage in 1980: no state-level minimum

    In 2018, senators from Louisiana voted down a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of five states that has no minimum wage. The others are Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

  • Maine

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $12
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($10.39 inflation-adjusted)

    The Pine Tree State’s minimum wage increased to $11 an hour in 2019 and rose to $12 in 2020. It dips 48 cents below the living wage for an individual living in Maine this year.

  • Maryland

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $11
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($10.39 inflation-adjusted)

    Maryland’s minimum wage is almost double what it was in 2000 and has tripled since 1980. It will rise every year until it hits $15 in 2025.

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