These are the states where the minimum wage is going up in 2023

Ieisha Franceis raises her fist for a $15 minimum wage.
Ieisha Franceis, who works at a Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers in North Carolina, raises her fist in solidarity for a $15 minimum wage.Fight for $15 and a Union
  • A total of 23 states are hiking minimum wages this year, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

  • The changes will impact 8.4 million workers, and especially women and people of color.

  • See the full list of states and the adjusted rates, below.

A new year means higher minimum wages in 23 states, leading to increased pay for an estimated 8.4 million US workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

The rate hikes are the result of a variety of factors, including inflation, state legislation, and ballot measures. They will benefit women and workers of color most, as noted by Insider's Juliana Kaplan.

As a result of the boosts, two states will reach the $15-an-hour minimum for the first time, a salary floor that activist groups like Fight For $15 have pushed for heavily in recent years.

With the help of activist efforts and legislators, states and cities have been working independently to increase rates as the federal minimum wage stagnates at $7.25 — an amount that hasn't risen in 13 years.

While many of the adjusted rates will be effective starting Jan. 1, others come into effect later, according to a report from the National Employment Law Project.

Here's the full list of states increasing minimum wage and the new rates coming in 2023, according to NELP data:

  • Alaska: $10.85, up from $10.34

  • Arizona: $13.85, up from $12.80

  • California: $15.50, up from $14 for small employers and $15 for large employers

  • Colorado: $13.65, up from $12.56

  • Delaware: $11.75 (with legislation to reach $15 by 2025), up from $10.50

  • Illinois: $13 (with legislation to reach $15 by 2025), up from $12

  • Maine: $13.80, up from $12.75

  • Maryland: $13.25 for large employers and $12.80 for small employers (with legislation to reach $15 by 2025), up from $12.50 and $12.20, respectively

  • Massachusetts: $15, up from $14.25

  • Michigan: $10.10 (with pending legislation to reach $12.05 by 2030), up from $9.87

  • Minnesota: $10.59 for large employers and $8.63 for small employers, up from $10.33 and $8.42, respectively

  • Missouri: $12, up from $11.15

  • Montana: $9.95 (based on 2006 legislation), up from $9.20

  • Nebraska: $10.50 (with legislation to reach $15 by 2026), up from $9

  • New Jersey: $14 for standard workers (with legislation to reach $15 by 2024-2027), up from $13

  • New Mexico: $12, up from $11.50

  • New York: $15 for New York City and suburbs/$14.20 upstate, up from $13.20 upstate

  • Ohio: $10.10 (based on 2006 amendment), up from $9.30

  • Rhode Island: $13 (with legislation to reach $15 by 2025), up from $12.25

  • South Dakota: $10.80, up from $9.95

  • Vermont: $13.18, up from $12.55

  • Virginia: $12 (with legislation to reach $15 by 2026), up from $11

  • Washington: $15.74, up from $14.49

 

 

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