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By | January 06, 2014

Dear Toolkit,

Can you let me know what the 2014 minimum wage rates are for federal purposes and also for the states?

Planning A. Head

Dear Planning,

Warning: This is a critical topic for business owners meeting payrolls, but it makes for boring reading. Nonetheless, pay close attention to your particular state's rates and dates!

The federal minimum wage increased on July 24, 2009, to $7.25 per hour, and that rate has remained in effect ever since.

Employers of employees who are subject to both state and federal minimum hourly wage rates must comply by paying those employees the greater of the state or federal rates. This also includes states that do not have a state minimum wage rate.

Here are the current hourly rates in effect as of January 1, 2014:

  • ALABAMA - No state minimum wage rate
  • ALASKA - $7.75
  • ARIZONA - $7.90; $7.25 for small businesses with annual gross revenue of less than $500,000 and exempt under federal law
  • ARKANSAS - $6.25 for employers of four or more
  • CALIFORNIA - $8.00 ($9.00 effective July 1, 2014)
  • COLORADO - $8.00
  • CONNECTICUT - $8.70
  • DELAWARE - $7.25
  • D.C. - $8.25 (federal minimum wage rate plus $1)
  • FLORIDA - $7.93
  • GEORGIA - $5.15 (for employers of six or more or with annual sales over $40,000)
  • HAWAII - $7.25 (employees earning a guaranteed monthly compensation of $2,000 or more are exempt)
  • IDAHO - $7.25
  • ILLINOIS - $8.25 for employers of four or more
  • INDIANA - $7.25
  • IOWA - $7.25
  • KANSAS - $7.25
  • KENTUCKY - $7.25
  • LOUISIANA - No state minimum wage rate
  • MAINE - $7.50
  • MARYLAND - $7.25
  • MASSACHUSETTS- $8.00
  • MICHIGAN - $7.40 for employers of two or more
  • MINNESOTA - $6.15; $5.25 for businesses with annual gross sales of less than $625,000
  • MISSISSIPPI - No state minimum wage rate
  • MISSOURI - $7.50; exception for retail and service businesses with annual gross income of less than $500,000
  • MONTANA - $7.90; exception for businesses with annual gross sales of $110,000 or less
  • NEBRASKA - $7.25 for employers of four or more
  • NEVADA - $8.25; $7.25 for employers who provide a qualified health plan
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE - $7.25
  • NEW JERSEY - $8.25
  • NEW MEXICO - $7.50
  • NEW YORK - $8.00
  • NORTH CAROLINA - $7.25
  • NORTH DAKOTA - $7.25
  • OHIO - $7.95; $7.25 for businesses with annual gross receipts of $292,000 or less
  • OKLAHOMA - $7.25 (employers of ten or more in one location or with annual gross sales of over $100,000)
  • OREGON - $9.10
  • PENNSYLVANIA - $7.25
  • RHODE ISLAND - $8.00
  • SOUTH CAROLINA - No state minimum wage rate
  • SOUTH DAKOTA - $7.25
  • TENNESSEE - No state minimum wage rate
  • TEXAS - $7.25
  • UTAH - $7.25
  • VERMONT - $8.73 for employers of two or more
  • VIRGINIA - $7.25 for employers of four or more
  • WASHINGTON - $9.32
  • WEST VIRGINIA - $7.25 for employers of six or more at one location
  • WISCONSIN - $7.25
  • WYOMING - $5.15

As for the federal requirements, the Department of Labor has a downloadable poster that explains the rules. Remember, all workplaces, by law, must display this poster for all employees to see.

Be diligent and careful incorporating all these changes into your system. Congress only gets inspired to act on this subject every decade or so, but your individual state might make more frequent revisions.

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