10 States Increase Minimum Wage Rates for 2013

January 24, 2013

Although the federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour this year, 10 states have increased their minimum wage rates above this level effective January 1, 2013. These changes are generally due to required annual adjustments based on raises in the Consumer Price Index or inflation. In addition, several cities across the country, such as Albuquerque, San Francisco, and San Jose, bumped up their minimum wage rates, albeit not all effective January 1. Listed below are these 10 states, along with the increases in their hourly minimum wage rates including, if applicable, increases for tipped employees.

  • Arizona minimum wage from $7.65 to $7.80 tipped employee minimum wage from $4.65 to $4.80
  • Colorado minimum wage from $7.64 to $7.78 tipped employee minimum wage from $4.62 to $4.76
  • Florida minimum wage from $7.67 to $7.79 tipped employee minimum wage from $4.65 to $4.77
  • Missouri minimum wage from $7.25 to $7.35 tipped employee minimum wage from $3.63 to $3.68
  • Montana minimum wage from $7.65 to $7.80 no tip credit allowed
  • Ohio minimum wage from $7.70 to $7.85 tipped employee minimum wage from $3.85 to $3.93
  • Oregon minimum wage from $8.80 to $8.95 no tip credit allowed
  • Rhode Island minimum wage from $7.40 to $7.75 tipped employee minimum wage remains at $2.89
  • Vermont minimum wage from $8.46 to $8.60 tipped employee minimum wage from $4.10 to $4.17
  • Washington minimum wage from $9.04 to $9.19 no tip credit allowed

Wage and hour compliance continues to be the focus of much of employment litigation. Please let us know if you have any questions concerning these changes, including whether they apply to any of your employees. View or download the complete Law Alert.

Michael Eric Ross is a member of Taylor English’s Employment and Labor Relations group, as well as its Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. He is a seasoned employment and business litigator with more than 40 years of experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts and arbitration proceedings across the country, including a number of class and collective actions. Mr. Ross has successfully represented both individuals and companies in a wide variety of cases, often on the cutting edge of the law. Please contact Mr. Ross for additional information on the State Minimum Wage Increase and how it may apply to your company or to your client.

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