Special Report

41 Places With a Higher Minimum Wage This Year

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1. Alaska
> New minimum wage: $9.89
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $9.84

Alaska added 5 cents to its minimum hourly wage at the start of the year. In 2014, voters supported a ballot initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage by a dollar in both 2015 and 2016. Starting last year, the law also requires the minimum wage to be adjusted annually based on inflation.

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2. Albuquerque, New Mexico
> New minimum wage: $9.20
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $8.95

The city raised its minimum hourly wage to $9.20, or $8.20 for employees who receive certain benefits, such as health care of child care, from their employers, up from $8.95 and $7.95, respectively. Albuquerque also raised its lower minimum wage for qualified tipped workers to $5.50 from $5.35.

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3. Arizona
> New minimum wage: $11.00
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $10.50

In the third of four annual minimum hourly wage increases mandated by Arizona voters in 2016, the state added 50 cents to the minimum wage on Jan. 1, and it is scheduled to add $1.00 to that at the start of 2020. Following the 2020 bump, minimum wage in Arizona will by adjusted for inflation annually.

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4. Arkansas
> New minimum wage: $9.25
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $8.50

Arkansas voters approved last year a ballot initiative to incrementally raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $11.00 by the start of 2021. The first of the three scheduled incremental raises went into effect at the start of the year.

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5. Belmont, California
> New minimum wage: $13.50
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $12.50

Belmont is one of 13 California cities to raise its local minimum hourly wage. On Jan. 1, the minimum wage in Belmont increased from $12.50 an hour to $13.50 an hour.