Workers in more than 20 states ushered in the new year with hopes of larger paychecks.  

In total, more than half the country will see a pay raise due to an increase in the minimum wage on a state-by-state basis. Additionally, 26 cities are set to raise their minimum wage standards in 2020 (17 of which to $15 or higher).

Here are some of the noteworthy updates:

Minimum wage changes by state:

  • Alaska: $10.19/hr.
  • Arizona: $12/hr.
  • Arkansas: $10/hr.
  • California: $13/hr for businesses with 26 or more employees; $12/hr otherwise.
  • Colorado: $12/hr.
  • Connecticut: $11/hr.
  • DC: $14/hr.
  • Florida: $8.56/hr.
  • Illinois: $9.25/hr.
  • Maine: $12/hr.
  • Maryland: $11/hr.
  • Massachusetts: $12.75/hr.
  • Michigan: $9.65/hr.
  • Minnesota: $10/hr for businesses with $500,000+ in annual gross volume sales; $8.15/hr otherwise.
  • Missouri: $9.45/hr.
  • Montana: $8.65/hr.
  • Nevada: $9/hr for workers without health insurance; $8/hr for those with health insurance (effective July 1).
  • New Jersey: $11/hr ($10.30/hr for seasonal workers).
  • New Mexico: $9/hr.
  • New York: $15/hr in NYC; $13/hr in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties; $11.80/hr elsewhere.
  • Ohio: $8.70/hr.
  • Oregon:$12.50/hr in the Portland Metro area; $11.50-$12/hr elsewhere (effective July 1).
  • Pennsylvania: $7.25/hr.
  • Rhode Island: $10.50/hr.
  • South Dakota: $9.30/hr.
  • Vermont: $10.96/hr.
  • Washington: $13.50/hr.

The above changes represent the largest collective overhaul in the minimum wage in history. An increase at the federal level, however, is not yet on the table, with the most recent raise in federal minimum wage occurring in 2009, from $6.55 to $7.25. 

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