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Employment Wages


Employment wages are sums of money paid for a specified quantity of labor.  When expressed as an amount of money for a specific time frame it is called a wage rate.  The wage rate is usually the most important aspect of negotiation with regards to the employment contract.

A salary is an employment wage that is normally not paid by the hour but more often at a monthly or annual rate.  The term, salary, derives from an earlier time when employee wages included, among other things, salt.

Wages in the United States are mostly market driven and heavily dependent upon the number of jobs available versus the number of qualified workers available to fill those jobs.  Hourly wages in the U.S. vary depending upon the job requirements and worker availability and can vary from a minimum wage of a few dollars per hour up to one hundred dollars per hour or more.

Minimum wage rates have been established by federal and state governments in an effort to prevent exploitation of low skilled, low paid workers.

Minimum Wages In The United States

The first minimum wage established by the federal government was $0.25 per hour as established by the National Recovery Act of 1933.  The U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1935 that the law establishing the minimum was was unconstitutional and it was abolished until 1938 when Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act again establishing the minimum wage at $0.25 per hour again which amounted to $3.22 in 2005 dollars.  The federal minimum wage reached its highest purchasing power in 1968 when it was set at $1.60 per hour or $8.85 in 2005 dollars.

During the 1990's states local jurisdictions were allowed to set their own minimum wage above that established by federal statute.  Some states and cities have enacted legislation that increases the minimum wage above federal levels.  The most notable is the City of San Francisco which currently has the highest minimum wage of any jurisdiction in the United States.


The debate over where to set the minimum wage rages around two issues.  The first being the supposed right of any worker to receive sufficient income to lead a normal life.  This is opposed on the other side by the second that stresses that wages should be market driven and some businesses are placed at a disadvantage when forced to pay a higher wage than that set by a free wage market.  The latter can have a disastrous effect on the economy if business is forced to pay some workers more than they produce in return.  Some have proposed indexing the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index thereby eliminating the debate each time a higher rate is proposed.

Below is a list of the recent minimum wage as set by each state for those jobs covered by the minimum wage laws.  Some jobs which are in small companies or include tip income may be subject to lower minimum wage rates.  Some local jurisdictions may have higher minimum wages within states and are not noted.

Legal Minimum Employment Wage by State

* Federal $6.55 (29 USC Sec. 206)

* Alabama No state minimum wage law.
* Alaska $7.55
* Arizona $6.90
* Arkansas $6.25
* California $8.00 ($9.36 in San Francisco)
* Colorado $7.02
* Connecticut $7.65
* Delaware $7.15
* District of Columbia $7.55
* Florida $6.79 (rises with inflation)
* Georgia $5.15
* Hawaii $7.25
* Idaho $6.55
* Illinois $7.75
* Indiana $6.55
* Iowa $7.25
* Kansas $2.65
* Kentucky $6.55
* Louisiana No state minimum wage law.
* Maine $7.00
* Maryland $6.55
* Massachusetts $8.00
* Michigan $7.40
* Minnesota $6.15
* Mississippi No state minimum wage law
* Missouri $6.65
* Montana $6.55
* Nebraska $6.55
* Nevada $6.85
* New Hampshire $6.55
* New Jersey $7.15
* New Mexico $6.50
* New York $7.15
* North Carolina $6.55
* North Dakota $6.55
* Ohio $7.00
* Oklahoma $6.55
* Oregon $7.95
* Pennsylvania $7.15
* Rhode Island $7.40
* South Carolina No state minimum wage law
* South Dakota $6.55
* Tennessee No state minimum wage law
* Texas $6.55
* Utah $6.55
* Vermont $7.68
* Virginia $6.55
* Washington $8.07 (with future increases linked to inflation)
* West Virginia $7.25
* Wisconsin $6.50
* Wyoming $5.15



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