Special Report

41 Places With a Higher Minimum Wage This Year

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21. Mountain View, California
> New minimum wage: $15.65
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $15.00

Silicon Valley’s Mountain View joined nearby Sunnyvale in becoming the first two California cities to increase their minimum hourly wages to above $15.00. Both cities implemented ordinances to raise their minimum wage floors to $15.00 per hour last year, and to make annual cost-of-living adjustments starting in 2019.

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22. New Jersey
> New minimum wage: $8.85
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $8.60

New Jersey voters passed in 2013 a constitutional amendment requiring the state’s minimum hourly wage be assessed annually for a cost-of-living increase. But some are pushing for a bill to incrementally increase the hourly wage floor to $15.00 by as early as 2024 regardless of inflation.

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23. New York City
> New minimum wage: $15.00 (large empl.) $13.50 (small empl.)
> Effective date: 12/31/2018
> Former minimum wage: $13.00 (large empl.) $12.00 (small empl.)

New York City’s minimum hourly wage started to increase in 2016 under a statewide wage law that is based on region. Small businesses in the Big Apple increased the minimum hourly wages to $13.50, while businesses with more than 10 employees will pay at least $15.00 an hour.

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24. New York
> New minimum wage: $12.00 (Long Island + Westchester) $11.10 (Upstate)
> Effective date: 12/31/2018
> Former minimum wage: $11.00 (LI + WC); $10.40 (Upstate)

While New York City’s minimum hourly wage is the highest in the state, the rest of state implemented minimum wage hikes as well. The raise in upstate New York is the smallest, while the raise in NYC-adjacent Westchester County and Long Island experienced is larger.

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25. Oakland, California
> New minimum wage: $13.80
> Effective date: 1/1/2019
> Former minimum wage: $13.23

Oakland voters approved in 2014 a measure to index the city’s minimum hourly wage to inflation. But the measure has meant that Oakland’s minimum wage growth is actually lagging behind other nearby Bay Area cities that have raised their wage floors to at least $15.00 an hour.