Special Report

41 Places With a Higher Minimum Wage This Year

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6. Bernalillo County, New Mexico
> New minimum wage: $9.05
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $8.85

The County Commission of New Mexico’s most populous county approved for a sixth consecutive year a minimum hourly wage cost-of-living adjustment.

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7. California
> New minimum wage: $12.00 (large empl.) $11.00 (small empl.)
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $11.00 (large empl.) $10.50 (small empl.)

California has mandated a statewide incremental increase to the minimum hourly wage. This year, all of the state’s employers with 26 or more workers will pay their minimum-wage workers $1.00 more per hour. Employers with 25 or fewer workers will pay an additional 50 cents.

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8. Colorado
> New minimum wage: $11.10
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $10.20

As part of a series of minimum hourly wage increases approved by voters in 2016, Colorado’s minimum wage increased by 90 cents at the start of the year. The state is aiming for $12 an hour by the start of next year.

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9. Cupertino, California
> New minimum wage: $15
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $13.50

Cupertino is one of 13 California cities raising their local minimum hourly wages this year. All of them, except for San Diego, are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, where low-income workers are struggling to afford housing near their workplaces.

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10. Delaware
> New minimum wage: $8.75 (January) $9.25 (October)
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $8.25

Delaware lawmakers passed a minimum wage hike bill last year that went into effect in two stages at the start of the year. The first of two 50 cent increases was enacted in January, and the second will go into effect in October. As a compromise with businesses, minors and probationary workers can be paid 50 cents less than the new minimum wage.