INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Several states across the country are getting a minimum wage increase in the new year.
According to payroll experts Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., a total of 26 states and the District of Columbia will raise the minimum wage in 2020, with 22 of those states implementing the increases by January 1.
The highest rates in the nation were found at the municipal level.
Here are some state's minimum wage rates:
- Seattle has the highest minimum wage rate at $16.00 per hour for large employers and $15.00 for small employers.
- New York City's minimum wage is set at $15.00 per hour for all employers.
- California will raise the minimum wage rates by $1 on Jan. 1 ($12.00 per hour for employers with 25 employees or less, and $13.00 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more)
- The highest state rate will remain in Washington at $13.50 per hour.
- The lowest minimum wage rates of $5.15 are in Georgia and Wyoming.
"The increases indicate a move toward ensuring a living wage for people across several states," said Barbara O'Dell, JD, an Employment Law Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
Payroll experts say the minimum wage increases reflect lawmakers' recognition that cost of living is higher in large metro areas than they are in other parts of the state.