Several dozen American cities, counties, and states raised local minimum wages on January 1. In a few California cities, the minimum wage increased by $2.00 or more per hour. In places like Berkeley, San Francisco, and Mountain View — the latter famously home to the headquarters of Google — the minimum wage increased to $15.00 an hour. Workers rights activists frequently target $15.00 as a living wage.
In addition to the 39 states and municipalities that increased the minimum wage on or around New Year’s Day, 11 more plan to raise the minimum later this year, most of them on July 1. Two — Milpitas, CA and Minneapolis, MN — will raise the minimum twice during the year. Some increases are small, automatic raises meant to account for the inflation-driven rising cost of living, but others are part of larger planned increases that will continue in the years to come.
In all, at least 50 places will raise minimum wages some time this year. Minimum wages are often more complicated than a single, flat hourly figure that applies to all workers.
In many places, minimum wage varies depending on several factors, including the type of workers, the type and size of business, and whether the company provides benefits.
For example, in Seattle, Washington, minimum wage workers in 2017 earned either $11.00, $13.00, $13.50, or $15.00 an hour, depending on whether they worked for small or large companies, and on whether they received benefits or not. 2018 minimum wage increases in Seattle ranged from $0.45 to $1.50 last year, and the minimum wage today ranges from $11.50 per hour at small employers that provide benefits to $15.45 an hour at large employers that do not provide benefits.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed each of the places that have either already increased or plan to increase the local minimum wage in 2018. These municipalities and states are ranked based on the increase to the lowest minimum wage. As some places have different minimum wage categories, 24/7 Wall st. ranked the municipalities and states based on the increase to the standard minimum wage for workers who do not receive benefits. In cases where small and large employers have different minimums, the increase in the lowest minimum wage is ranked.