Which States are Increasing Their Minimum Wage Rates for 2012?

January 20, 2012 | Guest Author | 0 Comments

2012 state minimum wage ratesThe following is a guest blog post by Marci Gott, Manager, Operations Support & Compliance at PrimePay.

Eight states have raised their minimum wage rates for 2012.  Minimum wage rates in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington rose between 28 and 37 cents per hour effective January 1, 2012.  Rates in these states will range from $7.64 per hour in Colorado to $9.04 in Washington in 2012.  Washington state, which has the highest rate in the country, will become the first state whose minimum wage rate will go above $9.00 per hour.

Ten states, including the eight just mentioned, have laws in place that require the minimum wage rate be adjusted annually to keep pace with inflation and reflect changes in the consumer price index (CPI).  Nevada will raise its minimum wage rate in July.  Even though Missouri has a cost-of-living adjustment, it will not raise its 2012 state rate above the current Federal minimum wage of $7.25.

State Minimum Wage Increases for 2012

Arizona
Standard minimum wage increases from $7.35 to $7.65 an hour.  Minimum wage for tipped employees increases from $4.35 to $4.65.

Colorado
Standard minimum wage increases from $7.36 to $7.64 an hour.  Minimum wage for tipped employees increases from $4.34 to $4.62 an hour.

Florida
Standard minimum wage increases from $7.31 to $7.67 an hour.  Minimum wage for tipped employees increases from $4.29 to $4.65 an hour.

Montana
Standard wage increases from $7.35 to $7.65 an hour.  Montana law does not allow employers to take a tip credit against minimum wage for tipped employees.

Ohio
Standard minimum wage increases from $7.40 to $7.70 an hour.  Minimum wage for tipped employees increases from $3.70 to $3.85 an hour.

Oregon
Standard wage increases from $8.50 to $8.80 an hour.  Oregon law does not allow employers to take a tip credit against minimum wage for tipped employees.

Vermont
Standard minimum wage increases from $8.15 to $8.46 an hour.  Minimum wage for tipped employees increases from $3.95 to $4.10 an hour.

Washington
Standard minimum wage increases from $8.67 to $9.04 an hour.  Washington law does not allow employers to take a tip credit against minimum wage for tipped employees.

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