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How the minimum wage has changed in your state

  • New Mexico

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $9
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $4.25 ($6.55 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.65 ($8.88 inflation-adjusted)

    The minimum wage increased from $7.50 to $9 per hour in January 2020. It is slated to gradually increase from $10.50 in 2021 to $12 in 2023. In Albuquerque, the minimum wage is $9.35 per hour, and in Santa Fe City, it is $9.10 per hour.

  • New York

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $11.80
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $4.25 ($6.55 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($10.39 inflation-adjusted)

    While the minimum wage in New York is $11.10 an hour, workers at JFK and LaGuardia airports will earn $19 per hour by 2023. Over 40,000 airport workers in the Empire State will feel the bump. In 1949, the federal minimum wage jumped from 40 cents to 75 cents, with increased coverage for airport workers.

  • North Carolina

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.75 ($9.21 inflation-adjusted)

    While the state sits at a minimum wage of $7.25, it was first in line to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage for state employees. About 9,000 state workers are celebrating in the Tar Heel State.

  • North Dakota

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.60–$3.10

    North Dakota pays workers the federally-mandated minimum wage of $7.25, which has not increased since 2009. Employees at Walmarts in North Dakota earn $15.90 per hour, more than double the state’s minimum wage per hour.

  • Ohio

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $8.70 (large employers) / $7.25 (small employers)
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $2.80–$4.25
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($7.71 inflation-adjusted)

    Ohio’s minimum wage increased on Jan. 1, 2019, to $8.55 per hour (from $8.30), and rose to $8.70 in January 2020. The minimum rate for those earning tipped wages is $4.35 per hour. Ohio was one of seven states that automatically increased their rates based on the cost of living.

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  • Oklahoma

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25 (large employers) / $2 (small employers)
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $2–$5.15
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2 ($6.70 inflation-adjusted)

    Workers in Oklahoma, where the minimum wage sits at the federally-mandated rate of $7.25, may be surprised to learn that 10 former presidents (Democratic and Republican) have approved raises. There is a grassroots campaign growing from coast to coast to raise the minimum wage to $15.

  • Oregon

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $11.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $6.50 ($10.01 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.90 ($9.72 inflation-adjusted)

    Oregon's minimum wage was recently increased from $10.75 to $11.25 on the first of July. On July 1, 2022, the wage will increase to $13.50 and will then be indexed to inflation beginning one year later.

  • Pennsylvania

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($10.39 inflation-adjusted)

    Fifty-two years ago, the purchasing power of the minimum wage was at its highest. Workers from Pennsylvania would have more buying power than they do today at their minimum wage rate of $7.25. State workers were just awarded an increase to $12 an hour with a bump of 50 cents each July 1, until their minimum wage reaches $15 per hour in 2024.

  • Rhode Island

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $11.50
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.65 ($8.70 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.65 ($8.88 inflation-adjusted)

    Rhode Island's minimum wage jumped to from $10.50 to $11.50 an hour in October 2020. The living wage for an individual is $1.31 higher than the minimum wage.

  • South Carolina

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

    South Carolina is one of five states that does not have a state-level minimum wage. President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced the first federal minimum wage 80 years ago. Minimum wage then was 25 cents an hour, which would be about $4 per hour in today’s money.

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