As Democrats remain steadfast in their goal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour – an effort unlikely to pass in the near term – individual states are moving ahead with increases of their own in 2020.
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About 20 states and dozens of cities are set to raise their minimum hourly pay rates on Jan. 1.
Increases range from 10 cents per hour to $1.50 per hour, as noted by the Economic Policy Institute. About 6.8 million workers are expected to be affected by the hikes, which will collectively increase earnings by $8.2 billion over the course of the coming year.
Here’s a look at where wages are set to rise at the outset on the New Year:
In New Mexico, the minimum wage is set to increase by $1.50 per hour, to $9.
By 2021, it will rise to $10.50.
Workers in Washington will also see a $1.50 bump, to $13.50 per hour.
In Seattle, the minimum wage for large employers is rising to $16.39 per hour.
The minimum wage in Arizona will jump by $1 to $12 an hour.
Starting in 2021, minimum wage increases will be tied to cost-of-living increases.
Workers in the Golden State will see wages increase to $13 per hour, up $1.
Among the cities that are raising their minimum wages, San Francisco will have the highest in the country – at $16.61.
In Illinois, the minimum wage is also set to rise by $1 in January, to $9.25 per hour.
A secondary 75-cent hike will occur in July.
Another $1 increase will take hold in Maine, bringing the minimum hourly rate up to $12.
Beginning in 2021, increases will be tied to inflation.
Workers in New Jersey earning the minimum wage will see wages rise to $11, from $10.
The Garden State is eyeing a $15 minimum wage by 2024.
The minimum pay rate will rise to $12 per hour in January – a 90-cent increase.
The minimum wage in Maryland will increase by 90 cents at the beginning of 2020, increasing to $11 per hour.
The state is aiming for a $15 minimum wage by 2025.
After an 85-cent increase, workers in Missouri will see pay start at $9.45 per hour. Rates will hit $10.30 in 2021.
Come January, the starting hourly rate in Arkansas will rise to $10 – a 75-cent increase.
Minimum wage-earning workers will make $12.75 per hour in Massachusetts as of January, after the state raises its minimum pay rate by 75 cents.
The state’s minimum hourly rate is scheduled to hit $15 an hour by 2023.
A 70-cent jump in New York will bring the minimum wage to $11.80.
At the same time next year, the minimum pay rate will increase to $12.50 per hour.
Wages in New York City must already be at least $15 per hour.
A smaller increase will take hold in Michigan -- 20 cents, bringing the minimum wage to $9.65.
In 2021, it will rise to $9.87.
A number of other states will see their minimum hourly rates rise, tied to inflation. They include:
Alaska: 20-cent increase to $10.19 per hour
Florida: 10-cent increase to $8.56 per hour
Ohio: 15-cent increase to $8.70 per hour
Montana: 15-cent increase to $8.65 per hour
South Dakota: 20-cent increase to $9.30 per hour
Vermont: 18-cent increase to $10.96 per hour