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  • How minimum wage has changed in your state
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    How minimum wage has changed in your state

    When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standard Act into law in 1938, the federal minimum wage was 25 cents an hour. Fast forward 80 years, and the federal minimum wage has jumped to $7.25 and created swirls of debate across the country.

    Stacker took a look at all 50 states plus the District of Columbia to explore the varying pay wages of hourly workers, how they compare to the living wage, and where voters and lawmakers are seeing the minimum wage go in the future.

    Combining data from the NCSL's website and the site of the U.S. DOL and inflation-adjusted wages calculated using the CPI calculator with research from news and trusted sources, we discovered each state’s minimum wage, what has changed in 2018, and what the future looks like for America’s hourly workers.

    Take a tour from the lowest minimum wage of $5.15 in Georgia and Wyoming to the highest rate of $13.25 being paid to hourly workers in the District of Columbia.

    RELATED: Can you live on minimum wage in your state?

  • Alabama
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    Alabama

    Current minimum wage: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 2000: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 1980: No state-level minimum

    While 29 states (plus Washington D.C.) have set minimum wage levels above the federally mandated $7.25 an hour, Alabama is not one of them. Birmingham workers have been locked in battle with state legislators since 2016, when the city voted in favor of a 10-cent wage increase that was never put into practice; soon after, the legislature passed a law restricting cities and towns in Alabama from setting their own minimum wage.

  • Alaska
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    Alaska

    Current minimum wage: $9.84

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.65 ($8.22 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.60 ($10.94 inflation-adjusted)

    Alaska's minimum wage sits at more than $2 over the federally mandated level and is slated to rise again in 2019 to $9.89. Still, the state is almost $3 below what is considered a living wage for an individual.


     

  • Arizona
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    Arizona

    Current minimum wage: $10.50

    Minimum wage in 2000: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 1980: No state-level minimum

    Arizona’s minimum wage of $10.50 an hour exceeds the federal minimum wage by over $3, but still is over 70 cents below what is considered a living wage for an individual. As recent as 2016 the minimum wage was $8.05.


     

  • Arkansas
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    Arkansas

    Current minimum wage: $8.50

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.55 ($7.75 inflation-adjusted)

    The minimum wage in Arkansas is $1.25 over the federal minimum wage, as well as higher than its surrounding states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In the recent midterm elections voters approved to increase the state’s minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2021, a 29% increase over three years.

  • California
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    California

    Current minimum wage: $11

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.75 ($8.36 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.90 ($8.82 inflation-adjusted)

    California’s minimum wage will continue to rise a dollar a year until it reaches $15 for large employers in 2022. Employers with 26 employees or fewer will see the hike to $15 an hour in 2023. The current wage is over $3 under the living wage for an adult in the Golden State.

  • Colorado
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    Colorado

    Current minimum wage: $10.20

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $1.90 ($5.78 inflation-adjusted)

    Colorado is one of 11 states that increased its rates due to previously approved legislation or ballot initiatives. Over 2,000 employees of Amazon are slated to make $15 an hour, almost 50% more than the minimum wage.

  • Connecticut
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    Connecticut

    Current minimum wage: $10.10

    Minimum wage in 2000: $6.15 ($8.95 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.12 ($9.48 inflation-adjusted)

    The minimum wage is $2.85 higher than the federally mandated rate of $7.25. A bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2021 in three increments died in May. There is a nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15.


     

  • Delaware
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    Delaware

    Current minimum wage: $8.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.65 ($8.22 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.00 ($6.08 inflation-adjusted)

    In July, Delaware joined the states increasing their minimum wages in 2018. The minimum wage will increase incrementally over a span of four years, starting with $8.75 and ending at $10.25 an hour. The increase is still well below the living wage of $12.70 for an individual.


     

  • Florida
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    Florida

    Current minimum wage: $8.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 1980: No state-level minimum

    Florida’s minimum wage will increase by 21 cents to $8.46 in 2019. The 2.5% increase is still $3 under the living wage for an individual living in Florida.

  • Georgia
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    Georgia

    Current minimum wage: $5.15

    Minimum wage in 2000: $3.25 ($4.73 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $1.25 ($3.80 inflation-adjusted)

    Georgia’s state minimum wage is over $2 under the federally mandated rate of $7.25 an hour, the lowest minimum wage in the country along with Wyoming. At this rate, a resident would need to work 83 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent.

  • Hawaii
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    Hawaii

    Current minimum wage: $10.10

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.25 ($7.64 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.90 ($8.82 inflation-adjusted)

    Hawaii’s minimum wage sits $2.85 above the federally mandated minimum wage. At this rate, a person would need to work 2.7 jobs to afford a one-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent.

  • Idaho
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    Idaho

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($6.99 inflation-adjusted)

    Idaho is right on the money, meeting the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25. However, it falls more than $3 below the living wage for an individual. Workers would have to log 66 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment.

  • Illinois
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    Illinois

    Current minimum wage: $8.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($6.99 inflation-adjusted)

    Workers in Illinois earn $1 over the federally mandated wage. However, the minimum wage in Chicago is $12, which has seen a 45% increase since 2015.

  • Indiana
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    Indiana

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2 ($6.08 inflation-adjusted)

    Indiana employers pay workers the current federally mandated wage of $7.25 per hour. However, there is a proposed bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021. This is $3.45 under the living wage for an individual.

  • Iowa
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    Iowa

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: No state-level minimum

    Iowa workers can expect to make the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25. About 75% of workers who get minimum wage in Iowa are women. If the minimum wage were to increase to $15 by 2024, wages would be boosted for 329,000 women in Iowa.

  • Kansas
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    Kansas

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $2.65 ($3.85 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $1.60 ($4.86 inflation-adjusted)

    If you work in Kansas, you have seen the minimum wage stay at $7.25 for the last decade. This is the same rate the federal government has mandated since 2009.

  • Kentucky
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    Kentucky

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.15 ($6.54 inflation-adjusted)

    The Bluegrass State mirrors the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25. This translates into $290 a week based on a 40-hour work week or $15,080.00 per year. An individual would need to make over $3 more an hour to meet the living wage of $10.49.

  • Louisiana
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    Louisiana

    Current minimum wage: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 2000: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 1980: No state-level minimum

    Earlier this year, senators from Louisiana voted down a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of five states that has no minimum wage. The others are Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

  • Maine
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    Maine

    Current minimum wage: $10

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    The Pine Tree State’s minimum wage increased to $10 an hour in 2018 and will rise to $11 in 2019 and $12 in 2020. It dips $1.60 below the living wage for an individual living in Maine this year. While the living wage translates to $51,305 a year, the median household income is $53,079.

  • Maryland
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    Maryland

    Current minimum wage: $10.10

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    Maryland’s minimum wage is almost double what it was in 2000 and has tripled since 1980. The jump to the current minimum wage represents the last of the phased-in increases set by Maryland lawmakers in 2014.

  • Massachusetts
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    Massachusetts

    Current minimum wage: $11

    Minimum wage in 2000: $6.00 ($8.73 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    In 1912, Massachusetts became the first state to enact a minimum wage law in order to protect women and child workers younger than 18 (all of whom at the time were earning around $5 for a more-than-50-hour week). The District of Columbia—and 14 additional states—followed suit, only to be struck down in a 1923 Supreme Court decision deeming a mandated minimum wage unconstitutional. That decision wasn’t reversed until 1937.

  • Michigan
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    Michigan

    Current minimum wage: $9.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    Michigan’s minimum wage sits $2 above the federally mandated wage. Lawmakers recently voted to adopt measures to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour. Michigan is one of four states where people are actively lobbying for fair wages in the restaurant industry through the One Fair Way Campaign.


     

  • Minnesota
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    Minnesota

    Current minimum wage: $9.65/$7.87

    Minimum wage in 2000: $4.90-$5.15 ($7.13–$7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.90 ($8.82 inflation-adjusted)

    Minnesota was one of 18 states that rung in the New Year with a minimum wage increase. Over the past eight decades, the federally mandated minimum wage has increased 22 times from 25 cents to its current rate of $7.25.

  • Mississippi
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    Mississippi

    Current minimum wage: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 2000: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 1980: No state-level minimum

    If the minimum wage requirement were to disappear, it would become legal for seven states, including Mississippi, to pay less than minimum wage. Mississippi, along with Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, and South Carolina have no state minimum wage at all.

  • Missouri
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    Missouri

    Current minimum wage: $7.85

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: No state-level minimum

    While Missouri raised its minimum wage to 60 cents above the federal mandated wage, it still dips $2.91 under the living wage. Back in 2014, President Barack Obama noted in his presidential address that he supported a minimum wage hike to $10.10. People in Missouri today would still need 66 cents more an hour to get by. In the recent midterm elections Missourians said yes to Proposition B, which will increase the minimum wage to $8.60 in January 2019. The minimum wage will reach $12 an hour in 2023.

  • Montana
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    Montana

    Current minimum wage: $8.30/$4

    Minimum wage in 2000: $4–$5.15 ($5.82–$7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2 ($6.08 inflation-adjusted)

    Things are looking up for Montana workers as the minimum wage it set to increase from $8.30 to $8.50 per hour. The estimated 8,200 Montana workers, or 1.8% of the workforce, who received hourly wages less than $8.50 per hour in 2018 will enjoy the increase.

  • Nebraska
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    Nebraska

    Current minimum wage: $9

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $1.60 ($4.86 inflation-adjusted)

    Nebraska has come a long way since 1980 when the minimum wage was set at $1.60. Just a year later the minimum wage endured a record-breaking freeze at $3.35.

  • Nevada
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    Nevada

    Current minimum wage: $8.25/$7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.75 ($8.36 inflation-adjusted)

    In Nevada, employees must be paid the minimum rate of $8.25 an hour, but if the employer offers health benefits, you can be paid $7.25. The minimum wage has not increased in a decade.

  • New Hampshire
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    New Hampshire

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    New Hampshire has the lowest minimum wage in New England. Surrounded by states with a minimum wage of over $10, the Granite State pays the federally mandated rate of $7.25.

  • New Jersey
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    New Jersey

    Current minimum wage: $8.60

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    New Jersey’s minimum will head north in January 2019 to $8.85. The increase is set by a 2.88% year-over-year increase in the consumer price index, which is used annually to account for inflation.

  • New Mexico
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    New Mexico

    Current minimum wage: $7.50

    Minimum wage in 2000: $4.25 ($6.18 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.65 ($8.06 inflation-adjusted)

    Hospitality staff in New Mexico can be paid a lower cash wage than the minimum wage by their employers, as up to $5.37 in tips earned per hour can be deducted from their wage as a "Tip Credit." This leaves a wage of $2.13. The restaurant and food service industry is the single largest employer of near-minimum-wage workers.

  • New York
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    New York

    Current minimum wage: $10.40

    Minimum wage in 2000: $4.25 ($6.18 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    While the minimum wage in New York is $10.40 an hour, workers at JFK and LaGuardia airports will earn $19 per hour by 2023. Over 40,000 airport workers in the Empire State will feel the bump. In 1949, the minimum wage jumped from 40 cents to 75 cents with increased coverage for airport workers.

  • North Carolina
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    North Carolina

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.75 ($8.36 inflation-adjusted)

    While the state sits at a minimum wage of $7.25, it was first in line to adopt a $15 hour minimum wage for state employees. About 9,000 state workers are celebrating in the Tar Heel State.

  • North Dakota
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    North Dakota

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.60–$3.10 ($7.90–$9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    North Dakota pays workers the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25, which has not increased since 2009. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state’s average hourly wage was $23.14 while the median hourly wage was $19.25.

  • Ohio
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    Ohio

    Current minimum wage: $8.30/$7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $2.80–$4.25 ($4.07–$6.18 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($6.99 inflation-adjusted)

    Ohio’s minimum wage sits at $8.30, but is slated to increase on Jan. 1, 2019, to $8.55 per hour. Tipped employees wages will jump to $4.30 plus tips in 2019.

  • Oklahoma
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    Oklahoma

    Current minimum wage: $7.25/$2

    Minimum wage in 2000: $2–$5.15 ($2.91–$7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2 ($6.08 inflation-adjusted)

    Workers in Oklahoma, where the minimum wage sits at the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25, may be surprised to learn that 10 former presidents (Democratic and Republican) have approved raises.There is a grassroots campaign growing from coast to coast to raise the minimum wage to $15.

  • Oregon
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    Oregon

    Current minimum wage: $10.75

    Minimum wage in 2000: $6.50 ($9.46 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.90 ($8.82 inflation-adjusted)

    The minimum wage in Oregon sits at $10.75, one of the highest in the country. Companies across the country are raising their minimum wage, including Ikea, Gap, Walmart, Target, and T.J. Maxx.

  • Pennsylvania
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    Pennsylvania

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    Fifty years ago the purchasing power of the minimum wage was at its highest. Workers from Pennsylvania would have more buying power than they do today at their minimum wage rate of $7.25. State workers were just awarded an increase to $12 an hour with a bump of 50 cents each July 1 until their minimum wage reaches $15 per hour in 2024.

  • Rhode Island
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    Rhode Island

    Current minimum wage: $10.10

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.65 ($8.22 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.65 ($8.06 inflation-adjusted)

    Rhode Island raised its minimum wage to $10.10 in January 2018. It will jump to $10.50 in 2019. The living wage for an individual is $2 higher than the minimum wage.

  • South Carolina
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    South Carolina

    Current minimum wage: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 2000: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 1980: No state-level minimum

    South Carolina is one of five states that does not have a state-level minimum wage. Eighty years ago the first federal minimum wage was first introduced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Minimum wage was 25 cents an hour, which would be about $4 per hour in today’s money.

  • South Dakota
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    South Dakota

    Current minimum wage: $8.85

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($6.99 inflation-adjusted)

    South Dakota’s minimum wage of $8.85 will increase to $9.10 on Jan. 1, 2019. This rate sits $3.85 above the poverty level and $1.18 below the living wage for an individual.

  • Tennessee
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    Tennessee

    Current minimum wage: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 2000: No state-level minimum

    Minimum wage in 1980: No state-level minimum

    Although the Tennessee economy is experiencing record low unemployment rates, employers in the hospitality industry report having a difficult time attracting workers due to the state’s minimum wage. Tennessee’s minimum wage has not changed in a decade.

  • Texas
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    Texas

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $3.35 ($4.87 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $1.40 ($4.26 inflation-adjusted)

    Texas workers currently earn the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25. In 1968, full-time minimum wage workers earned the equivalent of $20,600 a year, while those earning the current $7.25 in 2018 would only make $15,080.

  • Utah
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    Utah

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.35–$2.60 ($7.14–$7.90 inflation-adjusted)

    Utah workers are paid the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25. Earlier this year lawmakers voted against the jump to $12 hour.

  • Vermont
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    Vermont

    Current minimum wage: $10.50

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.75 ($8.36 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3.10 ($9.42 inflation-adjusted)

    The Green Mountain’s minimum wage sits at $10.50. Earlier this year, lawmakers approved a bill that would raise Vermont’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

  • Virginia
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    Virginia

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.35 ($7.14 inflation-adjusted)

    Virginia hourly workers were among 542,000 workers who earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour in 2017. The percentage of hourly paid workers earning $7.25 or less declined from 2.7% in 2016 to 2.3% in 2017.

  • Washington
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    Washington

    Current minimum wage: $11.50

    Minimum wage in 2000: $6.50 ($9.46 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.30 ($6.99 inflation-adjusted)

    Washington workers are being paid the second-highest minimum wage in the country. They join hourly workers across the country who cannot afford a two-bedroom anywhere in the United States.


     

  • Washington, D.C.
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    Washington, D.C.

    Current minimum wage: $13.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $6.15 ($8.95 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.50–$3.50 ($7.60–$10.64 inflation-adjusted)

    Washington, D.C. has the highest minimum wage in the country at $13.25. While this rate is $8.25 above poverty level, it is $4.25 below the living wage for an individual.

  • West Virginia
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    West Virginia

    Current minimum wage: $8.75

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $2.20 ($6.69 inflation-adjusted)

    West Virginia’s minimum wage of $8.75 is $1.93 under the living wage for an individual. In 1997, President Bill Clinton introduced legislation allowing states to set their own minimum wage.

  • Wisconsin
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    Wisconsin

    Current minimum wage: $7.25

    Minimum wage in 2000: $5.15 ($7.49 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $3 ($9.12 inflation-adjusted)

    Wisconsin workers earn the current federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25. Federal minimum wage only rises when a bill is passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president.

  • Wyoming
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    Wyoming

    Current minimum wage: $5.15

    Minimum wage in 2000: $1.60 ($2.33 inflation-adjusted)

    Minimum wage in 1980: $1.60 ($4.86 inflation-adjusted)

    Wyoming workers have a kinship with hourly employees from Georgia who have the lowest minimum wage of $5.15 per hour. That is the same minimum wage that created a record-breaking freeze from 1997 to 2007.

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