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.
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