By: Katherine Muniz Nov 01, 2016

States That Will See Minimum Wage Changes in 2017

Several states have announced minimum wage increases in 2017, though not all rate changes will take effect at the start of the calendar year. Also, not all states will experience a state-wide change — certain counties and cities effect their own local minimum wage. Here is a list of all the minimum wage rate changes that we know will be occurring in 2017. 

  Current Minimum Wage 2017 Minimum Wage Effective 
Arkansas $8.00 $8.50 Jan. 1, 2017
California $10.00 $10.50 Jan. 1, 2017
Connecticut  $9.60 $10.10 Jan. 1, 2017
District of Columbia $11.50 $12.50 July 1, 2017
Hawaii $8.50 $9.25 Jan. 1, 2017
Maryland $8.75 $9.25 July 1, 2017
Massachusetts $10.00 $11.00 Jan. 1, 2017
Michigan $8.50 $8.90 Jan. 1, 2017
New Jersey $8.38 $8.44 Jan. 1, 2017
New York City $9.00 (fast food workers in chain restaurants currently entitled to a minimum wage of $10.50) 10 or fewer employees $10:50; 11 or more employees $11 Dec. 31, 2016
New York $9.00 (fast food workers in chain restaurants currently entitled to a $9.75 minimum wage outside of New York City)  $9.70 Dec. 31, 2016
Vermont $9.60 $10 Jan. 1, 2017

Some states adjust their rate annually based on the cost of living:

  Current Minimum Wage 2017 Minimum Wage
Alaska $9.75 Adjusted based on inflation or remain $1 higher than the federal minimum wage. Beginning January 1, 2017, federal contractors must pay covered workers at least $10.20 per hour. The Secretary of Labor also gave notice that beginning January 1, 2017, covered tipped employees performing work on or in connection with covered contracts must be paid a cash wage of at least $6.80 per hour.
Arizona $8.05 Calculated annually upon cost of living formula.
Colorado $8.31 Calculated annually upon cost of living formula. 
Florida $8.05 $8.10. Florida’s minimum wage is recalculated yearly based on the Consumer Price Index. Many cities in Florida have their own minimum wage requirements.
Iowa  $7.25

Johnson County: Jan. 1, 2017: $10.10

Linn County: Jan. 1, 2017: $8.25

Polk County: April 1, 2017: $8.75

Wapello County: Jan. 1, 2017: $8.20

Illinois  $8.25 Chicago: July 1, 2017: $11.00
    Cook County: July 1, 2017: $10 
Kentucky  $7.25 Louisville Metro: July 1, 2017: $9.15
    Lexington County: July 1, 2017: $9.00
Maine $7.50 Portland: Jan. 1, 2017: $10.68 
    Bangor: Jan. 1,2017: $8.25
Missouri $7.65 Increases annually upon cost of living formula.
Montana $8.05 Increases annually upon cost of living formula. Missoula non-union city workers will increase their minimum wage from $12 per hour to $13.50 per hour.
New Mexico $7.50 Las Cruces: Jan. 1, 2017: $9.20
Ohio $8.10 Increases annually upon cost of living formula.

No announcements have been made about the federal minimum wage, which currently stands at $7.25. The federal minimum wage always supersedes the local minimum wage if it is higher. 

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Katherine is a New York-based digital writer who joined Fingercheck in 2015. She promotes Fingercheck through the power of the written word. She graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies with a focus on Journalism. Connect with her on LinkedIn

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