The current federal minimum wage since July 24, 2009 is $7.25. The individual state minimum wage rate requirements, or lack of, are controlled by legislative activities within the individual U.S. states. The following are some related facts to go along with the attached chart showing the minimum wage rates by U.S. state:
The federal minimum wage law supersedes a state’s minimum wage laws whenever the federal minimum wage is greater than the state minimum wage. There are nine states with either no established minimum wage or a lower minimum wage than the federal rate.
There are 23 U.S. states that have a minimum wage requirement that is the same as the federal minimum wage rate.
There are 18 states plus the District of Columbia with minimum wage rates that are set higher than the federal minimum wage.
The state of Washington has the highest minimum wage rate at $9.04/hour.
The states of Georgia and Wyoming have the lowest minimum wage rates at $5.15/hour.
There are 10 states (AZ, CO, FL, MO, MT, NV, OH, OR, VT & WA) that have minimum wages that are linked to a consumer price index. On January 1, 2012, eight of the 10 states (except MO & NV) increased their respective minimum wages.
A minimum wage of $4.25/hour applies to young workers under the age of 20 during their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employer, as long as their work does not displace other workers. After the 90 days is over or the employee reaches 20 years of age, the employee must receive a minimum wage of $5.85/hour.