The federal minimum wage stage varies considerably from what many states across the country require businesses to pay their workers, but there is also a stark difference between states across the country.

$7.25 per hour is and has been the federal minimum wage standard since 2009. Georgia’s state minimum wage is actually $5.15 per hour, but the federal requirement trumps what is on the books in the Peach State. As shown in the map, many of the $7.25 per hour states are a result of the federal standard superseding a lower state wage due to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Interestingly, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee do not have state minimum wages.

DC has the highest minimum wage rate at $11.50 per hour while Massachusetts and Washington state follow just behind at $11.00 per hour.

In 2017, 7 states automatically increased minimum wage numbers because of cost of living increases:

  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota

Five states increased the minimum wage rates through ballot initiatives passed by voters:

  • Arizona
  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Washington

Seven states used the legislature to increase their wages:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Vermont

You can read more on state-by-state findings here:

State Minimum Wages | 2017 Minimum Wage by State

This chart shows state minimum wage rates in effect as of Jan. 1, 2017, as well as future enacted increases. Nineteen states begin the new year with increased minimum wages.


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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’