More Minimum Wage Changes in 2019

January 16, 2019|

There were a number of state and municipal minimum wage changes on January 1 this year. Some changes were cost of living adjustments and some tiered increases toward a defined future rate.  But minimum wage changes don’t just happen on January 1, many happen on July 1. And there are a few outliers including Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Michigan, which will raise minimum wages in March.

Take a look at the table below for upcoming minimum wage changes and mark your calendars now to make the proper updates throughout the year.

Some states and cities have cost of living adjustments to their minimum wages planned for 2019 but have not yet announced those rates. Links to the corresponding websites are provided.

State/Municipality New Minimum Wage Effective Date
Alameda, California 13.50 July 1, 2019
Berkeley, California TBA July 1, 2019
Emeryville, California TBA July 1, 2019
Los Angeles & Los Angeles County, Malibu, Santa Monica (small employers) 13.25 July 1, 2019
Los Angeles & Los Angeles County, Malibu, Santa Monica (large employers) 14.25 July 1, 2019
Milpitas, California 15.00 July 1, 2019
Pasadena, California (subject to economic impact report due in February) 14.25 July 1, 2019
San Francisco, California TBA July 1, 2019
San Leandro, California 14.00 July 1, 2019
Delaware 9.25 October 1, 2019
District of Columbia 14.00 July 1, 2019
Chicago, Illinois 13.00 July 1, 2019
Cook County, Illinois 12.00 July 1, 2019
Portland, Maine TBA July 1, 2019
Montgomery County, Maryland (small and midsized employers) 12.50 July 1, 2019
Montgomery County, Maryland (large employers) 13.00 July 1, 2019
Michigan 9.45 March 29, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota (small employers) 11.00 July 1, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota (large employers) 12.25 July 1, 2019
Nevada TBA July 1, 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico TBA March 1, 2019
Santa Fe County, New Mexico TBA March 1, 2019
New York City (small employers) 15.00 December 31, 2019
Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties, New York 13.00 December 31, 2019
New York State 11.80 December 31, 2019
Oregon (rural counties) 11.00 July 1, 2019
Portland Metro Area, Oregon 12.50 July 1, 2019
Oregon (balance of the state) 11.25 July 1, 2019

 

Industry-specific Wages

New York City fast food workers will have a $15.00 minimum wage starting December 31, 2019, and the minimum wage will increase to $13.75 in all other parts of the state for those workers.

On July 1, 2019, Oakland, California, hotel workers will move up to $15.00 per hour for those with health benefits provided and $20.00 per hour for those with no health benefits.

Hotels with 150 or more rooms in the city of Los Angeles have had minimum wage increases on July 1 of each year for several years now, however, the established schedule ends June 30, 2019, and the new rate has not yet been announced. Likewise, Santa Monica, California, hotels will have a minimum wage change on July 1, 2019, but the new rate has not been announced.