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How Much is Minimum Wage?



Some states have a higher minimum wage than the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.

Question: How Much is Minimum Wage?

Answer: Minimum wage is the lowest amount of pay an employer is required to pay an hourly worker. The hourly minimum wage rate you will be paid depends on the state in which you work and the type of job you are working at.

The federal Minimum Wage is $7.25 an hour for covered non-exempt employees, which means that employers in covered employment categories cannot pay less than $7.25 per hour. Some states require employers to pay a higher minimum wage than the federal hourly rate. In locations where Federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher rate must be paid.

Minimum Wage Information for Each State

Here is a list of the current state minimum wage rates (2014) you can use to to get information on the minimum wage in your location.

Exceptions to Minimum Wage

There are some employees do not have to be paid minimum wage including workers under 20 and workers who earn tips under the age of 20 during their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employer.

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