50 Places Raising the Minimum Wage in 2018

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5. Sunnyvale, CA
> 2018 Minimum Wage Increase: $2.00
> New Minimum Wage: $15.00
> Increase Takes Effect: 1/1/2018
> Planned Minimum: N/A

Sunnyvale is part of the richest metro area in the United States, so it is not surprising that even its lowest-paid employees make more than many other places. Starting in 2018, all workers in Sunnyvale will make at least $15.00 per hour.

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4. Mountain View, CA
> 2018 Minimum Wage Increase: $2.00
> New Minimum Wage: $15.00
> Increase Takes Effect: 1/1/2018
> Planned Minimum: N/A

Mountain View, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley and famously the current headquarters of Google, has some of the highest-paid employees in the country. As of Jan. 1, even the city’s minimum wage workers will earn at least $15 an hour, making it one of the first cities in the country to reach that minimum.

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3. Berkeley, CA
> 2018 Minimum Wage Increase: $2.47
> New Minimum Wage: $15.00
> Increase Takes Effect: 10/1/2018
> Planned Minimum: N/A

Like many other California cities, Berkeley workers will make at least $15.00 per hour. Unfortunately for those workers, they are going to have to wait longer than most other areas for the raise. Berkeley’s minimum wage increase will not go into effect until Oct. 1, 2018.

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2. Milpitas, CA
> 2018 Minimum Wage Increase: $1.00 in Jan., $1.50 in July
> New Minimum Wage: $12.00 (January) & $13.50 (July)
> Increase Takes Effect: 01/01/2018 (& 7/1/2018)
> Planned Minimum: $15.00 (2019)

Milpitas is taking a unique approach to minimum wage increases that is sure to make employees happy: two increases in one year. The city’s minimum wage went from $11.00 per hour to $12.00 per hour on January 1, then it will jump to $13.50 an hour in July.

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1. Minneapolis, MN
> 2018 Minimum Wage Increase: $2.50
> New Minimum Wage: $11.25 (large empl.), $10.25 (small empl.)
> Increase Takes Effect: 1/01/2018 (& 7/1/2018)
> Planned Minimum: $15.00 (2022-24)

The hourly minimum wage in Minneapolis, Minnesota for workers at businesses with over 100 employees will increase twice in 2018, from $9.50 to $10.00 on January 1, and to $11.50 on July 1. The wage will also increase each year until it hits $15.00 an hour in 2022. Minimum wages at small businesses will follow close behind until they catch up with larger businesses, hitting $15.00 an hour in 2024. The total increase of $2.50 in 2018 is tied with Milpitas, California for the largest minimum wage increase.