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How the minimum wage has changed in your state

  • South Dakota

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $9.30
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($7.71 inflation-adjusted)

    South Dakota’s minimum wage increased to $9.30 on Jan. 1, 2020. In 2021, the minimum wage will increase to $9.45 an hour. The hourly rate for tipped employees in 2021 will be half that rate, or $4.72 per hour.

  • Tennessee

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

    Although the Tennessee economy was experiencing record-low unemployment rates prior to COVID-19, employers in the hospitality industry were reporting having a difficult time attracting workers because of the state’s minimum wage. Tennessee’s minimum wage has not changed in a decade, when lawmakers raised it from $5.58 to the federally-mandated $7.25.

  • Texas

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $3.35 ($5.16 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $1.40 ($4.69 inflation-adjusted)

    Texas workers earn the federally-mandated minimum wage of $7.25. In 1968, full-time minimum wage workers earned the equivalent of $20,600 a year, while those earning the current $7.25 in 2020 would only make $15,080.

  • Utah

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.35–$2.60

    Utah workers are paid the federally-mandated minimum wage of $7.25. In 2018, lawmakers voted against the jump to $12 hour.

  • Vermont

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $10.96
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.75 ($8.86 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($10.39 inflation-adjusted)

    The Green Mountain’s minimum wage sits at $10.96. Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill that would have increased the minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Each year, the minimum wage rises according to inflation.

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  • Virginia

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.35 ($7.87 inflation-adjusted)

    Virginia hourly workers were among 542,000 workers who earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour in 2017. The percentage of hourly paid workers earning $7.25 or less declined from 2.7% in 2016 to 2.3% in 2017.

  • Washington

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $13.50
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $6.50 ($10.01 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($7.71 inflation-adjusted)

    Washington workers are being paid the second-highest minimum wage in the country, after the rate was increased from $12 to $13.50 at the beginning of 2020. California workers are being paid the third highest minimum rate in line at $13 per hour.

  • Washington DC

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $15
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $6.15 ($9.47 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.50/$3.50

    Washington D.C. has the highest minimum wage in the country at $15. While this rate is $9 above poverty level, it is $1.92 below the living wage for an individual; D.C. has a very high cost of living with exorbitant housing costs.

  • West Virginia

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $8.75
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $2.20 ($7.37 inflation-adjusted)

    West Virginia’s minimum wage of $8.75 is $2.08 under the living wage for an individual. In 1997, President Bill Clinton introduced legislation allowing states to set their own minimum wage.

  • Wisconsin

    - Minimum wage in 2020: $7.25
    - Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.93 inflation-adjusted)
    - Minimum wage in 1980: $3 ($10.05 inflation-adjusted)

    Wisconsin workers earn the current federally-mandated minimum wage of $7.25. Federal minimum wage only rises when a bill is passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president.