How the 13 new state minimum wage raises break down, in three charts
An estimated 2.56 million workers in the U.S. will get a boost in their paychecks in 2014. That’s because 13 states raised their minimum wage Wednesday.
That figure, according to analysis from the National Employment Law Project, will have the largest imprint in New Jersey, where 11.5 percent of the workforce is estimated to be impacted by the increase. And at an additional $1 per hour, that state has the largest increase amount. A 13.79 percent increase means workers there will now make a minimum of $8.25 an hour. While New York is estimated to have the highest number of workers benefiting from the increase — 293,000 — that total figures for only about 8.4 percent of the state’s workers.
Here’s a breakdown of the 13 states as a percent of workers affected by the raises:
In Washington state, workers will have the highest minimum wage rate at $9.32.
Of the 2.56 million workers estimated to benefit from the increase, 1.4 million will be directly impacted as that they currently earn the minimum wage and will be bumped up to the new rate. Another 1.1 million make just over the new minimum wage, and thus are assumed to receive a raise as employer pay scales are adjusted upward to reflect the new minimum wage.
Rollover this map to see the minimum wage of each state. Darker colors indicate a higher rate:
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee have no state minimum wage law, so federal rates apply. In other states where the minimum falls below the federal level, such as Georgia’s $5.15 per hour, the federal minimum wage would apply to businesses involved in interstate commerce, and to most businesses with gross revenues over $500,000.
Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, while tipped employees such as waitstaff may be paid as little as $2.13 an hour, but must be paid the difference if their total income does not add up to $7.25.