2021 will see a change in minimum wage for more than twenty states that will take effect on January 1st, 2021. Some states like Connecticut, Nevada and Oregon will increase the minimum wage later in the year, but one thing is for certain, for 25 states there will be an increase.

One thing Joe Biden promised when he became the President elect was to help raise the minimum wage for all Americans. At the moment the Federal minimum wage is still $7.25, and it has been that way since 2009. One of his campaign promises is to increase the Federal minimum wage for all Americans.

Below is a breakdown of key states minimum wage increases as well as each state’s minimum wage increase. Remember that states such as California have a minimum wage depending on the size of a company. States like Louisiana have no state minimum wage but follow the Federal minimum.

Minimum wage increases for New York, California, Massachusetts, Florida, and Illinois

In New York there will be a raise to $12.50 in 2021, fast food workers will see an increase to $15 on July 1, 2021.

In California companies that have 25 or less must pay a minimum wage of $13, while companies that employee 26 or more will pay a rate of $14. Certain areas of California will also see an increase in the minimum wage they are as follows:

Belmont: $15.90  
Daly City: $15.00 
Hayward: $15.00 
Novato: $15.00 
San Diego: $14.00
Santa Clara: $15.65
Santa Rosa: $15.20 

In Massachusetts the new minimum wage will be $13.50, it will increase to $15 by 2023. Florida will increase their minimum wage to $10 on September 30. 2021. In six years the minimum wage in Florida will be $15.

Rounding out our key states, Illinois will see the minimum wage increase to $11 and the state plans to have it be $15 by 2025. New Jersey will go to $12 in 2021.

List of all state’s current minimum wage increases for 2021

Alaska $10.34

Arizona $12.15

Flagstaff, AZ  $15.00, or $2 above state minimum wage, whichever is greater

Arkansas  $11.00

California $13.00 – 26+ employees , $13 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees, $14 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees

Colorado $12.32

Connecticut $13.00, eff. 8/1/2021

Florida $10.00, eff. 9/30/2021

Illinois $11.00

Maine $12.15

Maryland $11.75

Massachusetts $13.50

Michigan $9.87

Minnesota $10.08 for large employers, $8.21 for small employers

Missouri $10.30

Montana  $8.75

Nevada $8.75 (for employers offering specified health benefits), eff. 7/1/2021, $9.75 (for all other employers), eff. 7/1/2021

New Jersey $12.00, for most employers,  $11.10, for small employers

New Mexico $10.50

New York  $12.50, eff. 12/31/2020

Ohio $8.80

Oregon  $12.75, eff. 7/1/2021

South Dakota $9.45

Vermont $11.75

Virginia  $9.50, eff. 5/1/2021

Washington $13.69