Despite the imposed federal minimum wage, 29 states and the District of Columbia have higher wages on a state level. Being entitled to the higher of the two, workers in most states earn more than what is minimum on a federal level.
18. Montana has the lowest percentage of minimum wage workers at 0.5%.
When we talk about the percentage of minimum wage workers by state, South Carolina has the most people working for a floor wage, as 5.4% of the workforce is awarded minimal pay.
Only two more states had over 4% of minimum wage workers—Louisiana at 4.6% and Mississippi at 4%.
19. Washington, D.C. has a $15 minimum wage—higher than any other area in the country.
The District of Columbia is the national leader when it comes to wages for its workers. Not only does the area have the highest minimum wage nationwide, but D.C. also has a $13.69 minimum wage for businesses of all sizes, which is also a nation–high.
20. Georgia is the state with the lowest minimum wage in the US.
The wage currently stands at $5.15 per hour. This means that Georgia is still stuck to the pre–2009 minimum wage.
Another state with a significantly lower minimum wage than the normal federal is Wyoming, where workers are paid $5.17 per hour.
21. The minimum wage for the workers in Massachusetts has increased to $13.50 per hour.
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While Congress is still debating whether lifting the minimum wage to $15 by June 2025 is the right step, some states have their own plans in place—Massachusetts is moving towards reaching a $15/hour by January 2023.
The more recent Massachusetts minimum wage history wasn’t as progressive; the wage was last increased in 2008 and wasn’t lifted until January 2021.
22. 29 states and DC have a higher minimum wage higher than the federal minimum.
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Some states follow the federal minimum wage of $7.25. These include Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
Minnesota, Oregon, New York, Missouri, and Vermont are among the states with a higher minimum wage.