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State Minimum Wage Rates 2024

By Andrew Lahr
Updated Jan. 17, 2024

State Minimum Wage Rates 2024

Employers that operate across the U.S. know minimum wage rate management is a major challenge. And the 2024 state minimum wage rates are no exception.

Which states are updating their minimum wage rates in 2024?

Several states updated their minimum wage on Jan. 1, 2024, including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Washington.

Minimum wage rates are most often updated at the start of the year. (Though July 1 is also a common time of year. And some jurisdictions update at other times, including Florida minimum wage.)

Still, employers should make note of the new 2024 rates that are now in effect in several states.

County and City Minimum Wage Rate Guide: Jan. 1, 2024

2024 state minimum wage rates

State Minimum Wage Rates 2024

Below are the state minimum wage rates for 2024.

Employers should remember, however, that other factors — such as industry type — may require them to pay a different wage rate.

Before getting to the 2024 state minimum wage rates, HR teams should be aware that there may also be associated updated labor law posters to display in conjunction with the new rates.

Alaska Minimum Wage 2024

Alaska has moved from scheduled rate increases to those based on the applicable Consumer Price Index (CPI). (This is also known as indexing.)

Alaska in mid-November 2023 announced its new rate for Jan. 1, 2024:

  • $11.73

Also, Alaska does not have a separate minimum wage rate for tipped employees.

Arizona Minimum Wage 2024

Arizona has also moved to indexed rate increases.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the state’s rates are:

  • $14.35
  • $11.35 (tipped employees)

Employers should also note that there are new Jan. 1, 2024, rates in Flagstaff and Tucson to monitor.

California Minimum Wage 2024

In 2022, California became the first state to reach a $15 standard minimum wage (for large employers) and its cities continue to pass new wage laws.

Also, in 2023 California did away with its separate rates for large employers.

Now, effective Jan. 1, 2024, the California minimum wage for all employers is:

  • $16

Employers should also note that there are several cities in California with their own rates, though some update July 1 each year.

Related: California $20 Fast Food Minimum Wage

Colorado Minimum Wage 2024

Colorado is somewhat unique in that it allows for a comment period after setting a preliminary minimum wage.

The rates for Jan. 1, 2024 are:

  • $14.42
  • $11.40 (tipped employees)

Note, too, that Colorado a few years ago gave cities the power to set their own minimum wage rates. Thus far, however, only two have — Denver and a nearby suburb, Edgewater, as well as the County of Boulder.

Connecticut Minimum Wage 2024

Minimum wage increases have bounced around the calendar in recent years.

But in 2024, they go up on Jan. 1, with the standard rate at:

  • $15.69

However, tipped wages remain the same in Connecticut. As a reminder, Connecticut separates tipped employee wage into two categories — bartenders remain at $8.23 and waitstaff at $6.38.

Delaware Minimum Wage 2024

Delaware’s minimum wage is still on an increase schedule, and the state will reach the $15 benchmark in 2025.

For 2024, the standard minimum wage in Delaware is:

  • $13.25

However, the state’s tipped minimum wage will remain the same, at $2.23.

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Hawaii Minimum Wage 2024

When Hawaii initially passed its minimum wage law, its first increase went into effect in October 2022.

The state has since moved to increases at the start of the year. Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the standard minimum wage in Hawaii is:

  • $14

But the state has complex rules regarding the minimum wage for tipped employees. See our previous blog on Hawaii minimum wage for more information.

Illinois Minimum Wage 2024

Illinois is also under scheduled minimum wage increases.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the minimum wage rates in Illinois are:

  • $14
  • $8.40 (tipped employees)

In Illinois, Chicago and Cook County also have their own minimum wage rates. (Though Cook County allows cities to opt out of the rate.)

Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2024

Massachusetts in 2023 joined the handful of states with a $15 minimum wage. However, it does not have an updated rate for 2024. It is included here because it has been updating on Jan. 1 regularly for several years.

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Maryland Minimum Wage 2024

Maryland minimum wage is poised to hit the $15 mark a bit sooner than expected.

Maryland in 2019 passed a law to gradually increase minimum wage rates. For large employers (those with 15 or more workers), it was previously set to reach $15 on Jan. 1, 2025.

However, Maryland minimum wage will be $15 for employers of all sizes on Jan. 1, 2024, under new legislation passed in April 2023.

For tipped employees, the rate will remain at $3.63 in 2024.

Maryland is another state with local rates to monitor: Montgomery and Howard counties.

Maine Minimum Wage 2024

Maine’s minimum wage is under indexing.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the state’s rates are:

  • $14.15
  • $7.08 (tipped rate)

Maine also has local rates in Portland and Rockland.

Michigan Minimum Wage 2024

Despite activity in the courts regarding Michigan minimum wage in several months ago, the state is moving ahead with new rates for 2024.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the state’s rates are:

  • $10.33
  • $3.93 (tipped rate)

Minnesota Minimum Wage 2024

Minnesota has two separate rates for large and small employers.

The state’s 2024 rates are:

  • $10.85 (large employers)
  • $8.85 (small employers)

Minnesota does not allow employers to take a tip credit.

Employers should note that St. Paul and Minneapolis both have minimum wage ordinances, as well.

Minimum Wage Glossary

Missouri Minimum Wage 2024

In Missouri, its minimum wage will be indexed starting in 2024.

The state only recently announced the new rates, which are:

  • $12.30
  • $6.15 (tipped employees)

2024 state minimum wage rates

Montana Minimum Wage 2024

With a relatively modest increase in store for employers, Montana’s minimum wage, effective Jan. 1, 2024, is:

  • $10.30

The state does not have a separate rate for tipped employees.

Nebraska Minimum Wage 2024

Following a successful 2022 minimum wage ballot measure, Nebraska is another state moving toward a $15 minimum wage (in 2026).

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the standard rate in Nebraska is:

  • $12

However, the state’s tipped rate will remain at $2.13, the federal level.

New Jersey Minimum Wage 2024

New Jersey is another state that will breach the $15 threshold.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the standard rate for large employers is:

  • $15.13

The state has no 2024 change to its tipped rate, which will remain at $5.26.

Notably, there are no local jurisdictions in New Jersey with their own minimum wage rate, though the state does have a specific rate for employees at long-term care facilities.

New Mexico Minimum Wage 2024

While New Mexico updated its rates on Jan. 1, 2023, there are no increases at the state level for 2024.

Employers should note that there are smaller jurisdictions in New Mexico with their own rates.

July 1, 2023, State Minimum Wage Rates

New York State Minimum Wage 2024

As a refresher, New York State has three separate rates for New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties, and the remainder of the state.

During the summer of 2023, lawmakers passed legislation that sets minimum wage through 2026. (And moved the state off of its odd Dec. 31 schedule to Jan. 1.)

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the rates in New York State are:

  • New York City – $16
  • Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties – $16
  • Remainder of New York State – $15

Also, there are industry-specific tipped employee rates in New York for employers to note, effective Jan. 1, 2024:

Tipped Service Employees (Resort and General):

  • New York City – $13.35 cash wage
  • Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties – $13.35 cash wage
  • Remainder of New York State – $12.50 cash wage

Tipped Food Service Workers:

  • New York City – $10.65 cash wage
  • Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties – $10.65 cash wage
  • Remainder of New York State – $10.00 cash wage

Learn more about New York minimum wage.

Ohio Minimum Wage 2024

Ohio also has indexed rates in effect.

The state’s 2024 minimum wage rates are:

  • $10.45
  • $5.25 (tipped employees)

Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2024

Rhode Island is on scheduled increases, with minimum wage set to reach $15 in 2025.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the standard rate is:

  • $14

However, the tipped minimum wage rate will remain at $3.89.

South Dakota Minimum Wage 2024

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the minimum wage rates in South Dakota are:

  • $11.20
  • $5.60

South Dakota is also under indexed increases each year.

Virginia Minimum Wage 2024

Though Virginia’s minimum wage increased on Jan. 1, 2023, it will not go up in 2024.

However, employers should note that the state’s rates will go up again on Jan. 1 in 2025 and 2026.

Vermont Minimum Wage 2024

Under indexing, the Vermont minimum wage rates effective Jan. 1, 2024, are:

  • $13.67
  • $6.84 (tipped employees)

Washington State Minimum Wage 2024

Home to the highest state minimum wage in the U.S., Washington is under indexing and does not have a separate rate for tipped employees.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Washington State minimum wage is:

  • $16.28

Washington is also home to the highest city minimum wage rates: SeaTac, Seattle and Tukwila.

Bellingham, WA also recently adopted a new minimum wage ordinance via a ballot measure that will go into effect later this year.

Conclusion – State Minimum Wage Rates 2024

Employers that operate across the U.S. know minimum wage rate management is a major challenge.

And the 2024 state minimum wage rates are no exception.

Multi-jurisdiction employers should also continue to monitor the activity at local levels of government for any new or updated minimum wage ordinances.

Lastly, GovDocs followers should keep an eye out for the upcoming Minimum Wage Rate Guide, which will have rates for large employers in counties and cities.

2024 state minimum wage rates

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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