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
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.