History of Minimum Wage

Did you know the first federal minimum wage was established in 1938? Since then, it has been raised 22 times by 12 different presidents. At the state level, Massachusetts was the first state to pass a minimum wage law.

It’s clear by the headlines minimum wage is a hot topic. We’re seeing more and more updates to minimum wage rates at the state, county and city levels. Let’s take a look back at this continuously changing topic and some interesting facts with our History of Minimum Wage infographic.

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Updated Aug. 7, 2019.

History of Minimum Wage Infographic 2019