Special Report

41 Places With a Higher Minimum Wage This Year

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11. El Cerrito, California
> New minimum wage: $15
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $13.60

El Cerrito is one of 13 California cities that increased their hourly wage floors at the start of the year. The Bay Area city is also one of 10 of these California cities to hit their $15.00 an hour target.

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12. Flagstaff, Arizona
> New minimum wage: $12.00
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $11.00

Flagstaff is the only city in Arizona that raised its local minimum hourly wage at the start of the year. The increase is part of a 2016 ballot initiative to incrementally raise the hourly wage floor to $15.50 by 2022. A statewide minimum hourly wage also went into effect at the start of the year, to $11.00.

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13. Florida
> New minimum wage: $8.46
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $8.25

Florida’s minimum hourly wage was adjusted for inflation at the beginning of the year with a 21 cent increase, the biggest increase in the state since 2012.

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14. Las Cruces, New Mexico
> New minimum wage: $10.10
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $9.20

The city of Las Cruces is one of three cities or counties in New Mexico that raised their local minimum hourly wage at the start of the year. The city council approved a three-step increase to the minimum hourly wage in 2014. The final step was on Jan. 1, 2019, when the minimum wage climbed 90 cents.

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15. Los Altos, California
> New minimum wage: $15.00
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $13.50

A local ordinance passed in 2016 initiated three annual increases to the city’s minimum hourly wage, from $12.00 in 2017 to $15.00 starting Jan. 1. Los Alto is one of 12 San Francisco Bay Area cities that raised their minimum wage at the start of the year.