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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April 11, 2019

Minimum wage hikes are causing higher menu prices, reduced staff hours

A new survey conducted by Harri, a workplace management software company that works with restaurants, found that restaurants have responded to recent minimum wage hikes by increasing menu prices and reducing…
March 12, 2019

California Businesses Feel the Pinch from Minimum Wage Hikes

California’s minimum wage will increase over the next three years until it reaches $15 an hour, but many businesses have already started to feel the pinch. Andy Smith, the former…
February 14, 2019

Real Stories of Small Biz Owners Harmed By Wage Hikes

Contrary to Democrats’ claim that a $15 minimum wage is “good for businesses,” new research shows that a $15 minimum wage would cost as many as two million jobs. Business…
January 15, 2019

Small Businesses Stand to Lose the Most in the “Fight for $15”

In his 2013 State of the Union, President Obama called for a 25 percent increase in the federal minimum wage, to $9 an hour. Five years later, and the Democratic…