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July 1, 2022, State Minimum Wage Rates
By Kris Janisch
Published May 19, 2022
Employers with locations in the jurisdictions listed here should be sure to audit their locations for the July 1, 2022, minimum wage increases.
July 1, 2022, state minimum wage rates?
While not as busy as the first of the year (or Dec. 31, as is the case in New York), there are state minimum wage rates that update July 1 each year.
The middle of the year is typically a busy time for minimum wage updates, but most of those happen at the county and city level. Still, employers that operate across the U.S. need to monitor state rates at this time of year, including Washington, D.C.
Guide: County and City Minimum Wage Rate Increases – July 1, 2022
Below is a rundown of the July 1, 2022, state minimum wage rates, as well as Florida, which will update its rate in a few months.
Starting with minimum wage in Connecticut, employers have had to grapple with the state’s odd schedule.
In 2021, minimum wage increased on Sept. 1. This year, it’s on July 1. But in 2023, it goes up on June 1.
- Effective July 1, 2022, the standard minimum wage rate in Connecticut is $14
It will go up again next year to hit the $15 threshold. Connecticut is one of many moving toward a $15 minimum wage.
However, Connecticut does have separate wages for employees in certain industries who regularly receive tips. Those are not scheduled to change on July 1, 2022:
- $8.23 – Bartenders
- $6.38 – Service employees
Florida does not update its minimum wage rate on July 1, 2022. But for the sake of this piece, we will include it.
Florida’s minimum wage increases Sept. 30, 2022. (The state was in the unique situation of seeing its minimum wage increase twice in 2021.)
On Sept. 30, 2022, minimum wage in Florida is:
- Standard rate – $11
- Tipped rate – $7.98
Following a voter-approved ballot referendum in November 2020, Florida is yet another state that is scheduled to reach a $15 minimum wage. However, the tip credit remains the same, $3.02, which means the tipped employee wage will always be the regular minimum wage less that amount.
Back to July 1, 2022, updates, Nevada’s minimum wage rates will also increase.
The rates in Nevada are tied to whether employees are offered health benefits. Effective July 1, 2022, the rates are:
- $9.50 for employees who are offered health benefits
- $10.50 for employees who are not offered health benefits
Oregon’s minimum wage is tricky for employers to manage.
The state’s rates are broken down by:
- Portland metro area
- Nonurban areas
Effective July 1, 2022, rates are:
- Portland metro – $14.75
- Standard – $13.50
- Nonurban – $12.50
Oregon does not have a separate rate for tipped employees.
For a more detailed breakdown of county minimum wage rates in Oregon, check out our county and city minimum rate guide. Note that the urban growth boundary in Oregon may not include the entirety of a county.
Employers with locations in Oregon should take a detailed look at the urban growth boundary to ensure they are paying the correct rates.
We’ll slot the nation’s capital into our state roundup of minimum wage updates.
Since 2021, rates in Washington, D.C., have gone up based on the Consumer Price Index, a more common practice among jurisdictions in recent years.
Effective July 1, 2022, minimum wage in Washington, D.C., is:
- $5.35 for tipped employees
While many jurisdictions across the U.S. have regular updates at the beginning or middle of the year, compliance with minimum wage rates is a year-round affair, as we see in the case of Florida. And here are some other recent updates on the minimum wage front:
- Hawaii Minimum Wage Increase
- Canada Minimum Wage
- Tucson Minimum Wage Increase
- Howard County, Md., Minimum Wage 2022
Employers with locations in the jurisdictions listed above should be sure to audit their locations for the July 1, 2022, minimum wage increases.
This Employment Law News blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.
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