What is the minimum wage?

The minimum wage is the starting hourly wage an employer can pay an employee for work. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour (part of the Fair Labor Standards Act). Some states and cities have raised their minimum wage higher than that. In most instances, the higher of the prevailing minimum wage requirements is binding for employers.

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Minimum Wage in the U.S.

Select your state to learn more about the standard minimum wage and the tipped wage in your state.

Fed. Min. Wage Fed. Tipped Wage
$7.25 $2.13

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September 12, 2019

Big Labor Targets Oregon Grocery Stores

Despite mountains of data exposing the negative effects on businesses and workers of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, big labor and activist groups continue to push the…
September 4, 2019

Bay Area Restaurants are Struggling with Rising Minimum Wages

The consequences of the UC Berkeley labor teams’ flawed studies are once again being felt by small businesses throughout the bay area. Before cities in the Bay Area debated whether…
August 12, 2019

Support for the #fightfor15 – Not What it Seems

Does America support a $15 minimum wage? Democrats in Congress seem to think so. The House voted along party lines last month to pass the “Raise the Wage Act.” This…
August 7, 2019

The New School’s Bogus Analysis on NYC Restaurant Growth

The anecdotal and empirical evidence on the harm caused by New York’s minimum wage experiment is overwhelming. Consider the following: Multiple news articles — including extensive reporting by the Wall…