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Federal and State Minimum Wages

Summary: Mminimum wages for the U.S., 50 states, and U.S. territories

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This database contains minimum wages for the U.S., 50 states, and U.S. territories.  State minimum wages are typically increased around January 1; any increase in minimum wages in Nevada occurs on July 1.  Wages are shown in current dollars.  The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) initially set different minimum wages for different occupation types. These different minimums existed until 1976, when a uniform minimum wage was established. As indicated, some states set wage ranges, typically with lower rates for women and minors.For more information, see History of Changes to the Minimum Wage Law, U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Arizona 1968-1975 minimum wage applied only to women and minors.  1968-1975 minimum wage based minimum weekly wage and assumes 40 hour per week.
  • Arkansas 1968-1970 minimum wage applied only to women and minors.  Rates from 1966-2013 applicable to employers of four or more.

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Geographic Coverage: U.S., States

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 1938 - 1939, 1945, 1950, 1956, 1961, 1963 - 1965, 1967 - 1972 - 2021

Data Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Updated:  Jul. 15, 2021 Estimated next update: Jul. 15, 2022

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