Q: What is the current minimum wage?  

As of January 1, 2006, the minimum wage is $5.15 per hour (the last change to the minimum wage was on September 1, 1997). If individual states have a higher minimum wage, the higher standard applies.

Each state and municipality can set their own minimum wage standards. For instance, California minimum wage is $6.75. However the City of San Francisco has set their minimum wage at $8.50.

Here are some more facts about minimum wages throughout the United States

  • In the state of Colorado, the rate is $5.15
  • Connecticut is currently set at $7.40, however that wage rate is set to go up by law on January 1, 2007 to $7.65. Furthermore, for employees of restaurants and workers in hotel restaurants, for the 7th consecutive day of work, overtime pay is required at time and one half the minimum rate. If the wage rate set by the FLSA should equal or become higher than the wage set by the state, the state's minimum wage will automatically increase by .5% of the Federally mandated minimum wage.
  • Delaware has set their rate at $6.15, with the provision that it will reset to the prevailing Federal minimum wage rate if that rate should become higher than the state rate.
  • The minimum wage rate in the District of Columbia is $7.00 per hour, with a provision of automatically boosting that rate by an extra $1.00 over the Federal rate if that rate should exceed the amount stipulated by the District.
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