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Minimum Wage Laws in the States - January 1, 2008

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Click on any state or jurisdiction to find out about applicable minimum wage laws.

Note: Where Federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher standard applies.

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Minimum Wage and Overtime Premium Pay Standards Applicable to
Nonsupervisory NONFARM Private Sector Employment
Under State and Federal Laws
January 1, 2008 1


Alabama Minimum Wage Rates

ALABAMA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours2
Daily Weekly
No state minimum wage law.        

 

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Alaska Minimum Wage Rates

ALASKA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$7.15 8 40

Under a voluntary flexible work hour plan approved by the Alaska Department of Labor, a 10 hour day, 40 hour workweek may be instituted with premium pay after 10 hours a day instead of after 8 hours.

The premium overtime pay requirement on either a daily or weekly basis is not applicable to employers of fewer than 4 employees.

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AMERICAN SAMOA

American Samoa has special minimum wage rates.

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Arizona Minimum Wage Rates

ARIZONA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
. $6.90

 Rate is increased annually based upon a cost of living formula.

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Arkansas Minimum Wage Rates

ARKANSAS

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
(Applicable to employers of 4 or more employees) $6.25 N/A 40
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California Minimum Wage Rates

CALIFORNIA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly

 

$8.00
8
Over 12 (double time)
40
7th day: First 8 hours (time and half)
Over 8 hours (double time)

Overtime is due after 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week unless an alternative workweek of no more than 4 days of 10 hours was established prior to 7/1/99.

Premium pay on 7th day not required for employee whose total weekly work hours do not exceed 30 and whose total hours in any one work day thereof do not exceed 6, in specific wage and hour orders.

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Colorado Minimum Wage Rates

COLORADO

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$7.02 12 40

Minimum wage rate and overtime provisions applicable to retail and service, commercial support service, food and beverage, and health and medical industries.

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Connecticut Minimum Wage Rates

CONNECTICUT

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
  $7.65 40

In restaurants and hotel restaurants, for the 7th consecutive day of work, premium pay is required at time and one half the minimum rate.

The Connecticut minimum wage rate automatically increases to 1/2 of 1 percent above the rate set in the Fair Labor Standards Act if the Federal minimum wage rate equals or becomes higher than the State minimum.

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Delaware Minimum Wage Rates

DELAWARE

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
  $7.15

The Delaware minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum.

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District of Columbia Minimum Wage Rates

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
    $7.00   40
07/24/2008 $7.55

In the District of Columbia, the rate is automatically set at $1 above the Federal minimum wage rate if the District of Columbia rate is lower.

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Florida Minimum Wage Rates

FLORIDA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
    $6.79 N/A

 

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Georgia Minimum Wage Rates

GEORGIA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
(Applicable to employers of 6 or more employees) $5.15

The State law excludes from coverage any employment that is subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act when the Federal rate is greater than the State rate.

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Guam Minimum Wage Rates

GUAM

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
$5.85 40

 

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Hawaii Minimum Wage Rates

HAWAII

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
  $7.25 40

An employee earning a guaranteed monthly compensation of $2,000 or more is exempt from the State minimum wage and overtime law.

The State law excludes from coverage any employment that is subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act unless the State wage rate is higher than the Federal.

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Idaho Minimum Wage Rates

IDAHO

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$5.85
07/24/2008 $6.55
07/24/2009 $7.25

 

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Illinois Minimum Wage Rates

ILLINOIS

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
(Applicable to employers of 4 or more employees, excluding family members)  
07/01/2008
07/01/2009
07/01/2010
$7.50
$7.75
$8.00
$8.25
40
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Indiana Minimum Wage Rates

INDIANA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
(Applicable to employers of 2 or more employees)  
07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$5.85
$6.55
$7.25
40

The State law excludes from coverage any employment that is subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Iowa Minimum Wage Rates

IOWA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
  $7.25

The Iowa minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum.

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Kansas Minimum Wage Rates

KANSAS

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$2.65 46

The State law excludes from coverage any employment that is subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Kentucky Minimum Wage Rates

KENTUCKY

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$5.85 40
7th day
07/01/2008 $6.55
07/01/2009 $7.25

The 7th day overtime law, which is separate from the minimum wage law differs in coverage from that in the minimum wage law and requires premium pay on the seventh day for those employees who work seven days in any one workweek.

The state adopts the Federal minimum wage rate by reference if the Federal rate is greater than the State rate.

Compensating time in lieu of overtime is allowed upon written request by an employee of any county, charter county, consolidated local government, or urban-county government, including an employee of a county-elected official.

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Louisiana Minimum Wage Rates

LOUISIANA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
There is no state minimum wage law. N/A N/A

 

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Maine Minimum Wage Rates

MAINE

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
07/24/2009
$7.00
$7.25
40

The Maine minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum with the exception that any such increase is limited to no more than $1.00 per hour above the current legislated State rate.

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Maryland Minimum Wage Rates

MARYLAND

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
   
07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$6.15
$6.55
$7.25
40

The Maryland minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum wage rate.

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Massachusetts Minimum Wage Rates

MASSACHUSETTS

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
$8.00 40

The Massachusetts minimum wage rate automatically increases to 10 cents above the rate set in the Fair Labor Standards Act if the Federal minimum wage equals or becomes higher than the State minimum.

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Michigan Minimum Wage Rates

MICHIGAN

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 

(Applicable to employers of 2 or more employees)
 
 
07/01/2008
$7.15
$7.40
40

The State law excludes from coverage any employment that is subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act unless the State wage rate is higher than the Federal.

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Minnesota Minimum Wage Rates

MINNESOTA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
Large employer (enterprise with annual receipts of $625,000 or more) $6.15 48
Small employer (enterprise with annual receipts of less than $625,000) $5.25 48

 

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Mississippi Minimum Wage Rates

MISSISSIPPI

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
No state minimum wage law. N/A N/A

 

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Missouri Minimum Wage Rates

MISSOURI

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$6.65 40

In addition to the exemption for federally covered employment, the law exempts, among others, employees of a retail or service business with gross annual sales or business done of less than $500,000.

Premium pay required after 52 hours in seasonal amusement or recreation businesses.

Minimum wage is to be increased or decreased by a cost of living factor starting January 1, 2008 and every January 1 thereafter.

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Montana Minimum Wage Rates

MONTANA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
State Law

Except businesses with gross annual sales of $110,000 or less

07/24/2008
$6.25
$6.55

$4.00
40

Minimum wage is subject to a cost of living adjustment done by September 30 of each year and effective on January 1 of the following year.

 

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Nebraska Minimum Wage Rates

NEBRASKA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly

(Applicable to employers of 4 or more employees)

 


07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$5.85
$6.55
$7.25

 

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Nevada Minimum Wage Rates

NEVADA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
  $6.33 8 40

The premium overtime pay requirement on either a daily or weekly basis is not applicable to employees who are compensated at not less than one and one-half times the minimum rate or to employees of enterprises having a gross annual sales volume of less than $250,000.

The basic hourly rate may remain at $5.30 when the employer offers the employee a qualified health plan.

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New Hampshire Minimum Wage Rates

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
09/01/2008
$6.50
$7.25
40

The New Hampshire minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum.

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New Jersey Minimum Wage Rates

NEW JERSEY

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
07/24/2009
$7.15
$7.25
40

 

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New Mexico Minimum Wage Rates

NEW MEXICO

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
01/01/2009
$6.50
$7.50
40
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New York Minimum Wage Rates

NEW YORK

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
   
07/24/2009
$7.15
$7.25
  40

The New York minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum.

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North Carolina Minimum Wage Rates

NORTH CAROLINA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$6.15
$6.55
$7.25
40

Premium pay is required after 45 hours a week in seasonal amusements or recreational establishments.

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North Dakota Minimum Wage Rates

NORTH DAKOTA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$5.85
$6.55
$7.25
40

 

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Ohio Minimum Wage Rates

OHIO

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
State Law $7.00 40

 

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Oklahoma Minimum Wage Rates

OKLAHOMA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
Employers of ten or more full time employees at any one location and employers with annual gross sales over $100,000 irrespective of number of full time employees.
07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$5.85
$6.55
$7.25

All other employers.
   
$2.00

The Oklahoma state minimum wage law does not contain current dollar minimums. Instead the state adopts the Federal minimum wage rate by reference.

The State law excludes from coverage any employment that is subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Oregon Minimum Wage Rates

OREGON

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$7.95 40

Premium pay required after 10 hours a day in nonfarm canneries, driers, or packing plants and in mills, factories or manufacturing establishments (excluding sawmills, planning mills, shingle mills, and logging camps).

Beginning January 1, 2004, and annually thereafter, the rate will be adjusted for inflation by a calculation using the U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for All Items. The wage amount established will be rounded to the nearest five cents.

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Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Rates

PENNSYLVANIA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
July 2009
$7.15
$7.25
40

 

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Puerto Rico Minimum Wage Rates

PUERTO RICO

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$4.10 8
And on statutory rest day (double time)
40
(double time)

Employers covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are subject only to the Federal minimum wage and all applicable regulations. Employers not covered by the FLSA will be subject to a minimum wage that is at least 70 percent of the Federal minimum wage or the applicable mandatory decree rate, whichever is higher. The Secretary of Labor and Human Resources may authorize a rate based on a lower percentage for any employer who can show that implementation of the 70 percent rate would substantially curtail employment in that business.

Puerto Rico also has minimum wage rates that vary according to the industry. These rates range from a minimum of $4.25 to $7.25 per hour.

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Rhode Island Minimum Wage Rates

RHODE ISLAND

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$7.40 40

Time and one-half premium pay for work on Sundays and holidays in retail and certain other businesses is required under two laws that are separate from the minimum wage law.

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South Carolina Minimum Wage Rates

SOUTH CAROLINA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
No state minimum wage law. N/A N/A

 

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South Dakota Minimum Wage Rates

SOUTH DAKOTA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$5.85
$6.55
$7.25

 

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Tennessee Minimum Wage Rates

TENNESSEE

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
No state minimum wage law. N/A N/A

 

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Texas Minimum Wage Rates

TEXAS

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
 
07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$5.85
$6.55
$7.25

The State law excludes from coverage any employment that is subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Texas State minimum wage law does not contain current dollar minimums. Instead the State adopts the Federal minimum wage rate by reference.

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Utah Minimum Wage Rates

UTAH

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly

07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$5.85
$6.55
$7.25

The Utah state minimum wage law does not contain current dollar minimums. Instead the state law authorizes the adoption of the Federal minimum wage rate via administrative action.

The State law excludes from coverage any employment that is subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Vermont Minimum Wage Rates

VERMONT

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
(Applicable to employers of two or more employees)  
 
$7.68 40

The State overtime pay provision has very limited application because it exempts numerous types of establishments, such as retail and service; seasonal amusement/recreation; hotels, motels, restaurants; and transportation employees to whom the Federal (FLSA) overtime provision does not apply.

The Vermont minimum wage is automatically replaced with the Federal minimum wage rate if it is higher than the State minimum.

Beginning January 1, 2007, and on each subsequent January 1, the minimum wage rate shall be increased by five percent or the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index, or city average, not seasonally adjusted.

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Virginia Minimum Wage Rates

VIRGINIA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
(Applicable to employers of 4 or more employees)  
07/24/2008
07/24/2009
$5.85
$6.55
$7.25

The Virginia state minimum wage law does not contain current dollar minimums. Instead the state adopts the Federal minimum wage rate by reference.

The State law excludes from coverage any employment that is subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Virgin Islands Minimum Wage Rates

VIRGIN ISLANDS

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
State law $6.15 8 40
On 6th and 7th consecutive days.
Except businesses with gross annual receipts of less than $150,000. $4.30
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Washington Minimum Wage Rates

WASHINGTON

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$8.07 40

Premium pay not applicable to employees who request compensating time off in lieu of premium pay.

Beginning January 1, 2001, and annually thereafter, the rate will be adjusted for inflation by a calculation using the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers for the prior year.

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West Virginia Minimum Wage Rates

WEST VIRGINIA

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
  (Applicable to employers of 6 or more employees at one location)    
07/01/2008
$6.55
$7.25
40

 

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Wisconsin Minimum Wage Rates

WISCONSIN

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$6.50 40

 

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Wyoming Minimum Wage Rates

WYOMING

Future
Effective
Date
Basic
Minimum Rate
(per hour)
Premium Pay After
Designated Hours 2
Daily Weekly
$5.15

 

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1 Like the Federal wage and hour law, State law often exempts particular occupations or industries from the minimum labor standard generally applied to covered employment. Particular exemptions are not identified in this table. Users are encouraged to consult the laws of particular States in determining whether the State's minimum wage applies to a particular employment. This information often may be found at the websites maintained by State labor departments. Links to these websites are available at www.dol.gov/esa/contacts/state_of.htm.

2 The overtime premium rate is one and one-half times the employee's regular rate, unless otherwise specified.


This document was last revised in December 2007.



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