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2021 Minimum Wage Increases Set to Take Effect

Many employers may be eager to put 2020 in the rearview mirror.  But before ringing in the New Year, employers should carefully evaluate whether they need to make any changes to their current practices to ensure that they remain in compliance with state and local laws, including those relating to minimum wage.

As reflected in the chart below, in 2021, minimum wage will increase in more than two dozen states, with most of the changes set to take effect on January 1.  Minimum wage will also increase at the local level in a number of counties and cities.  Accordingly, employers with minimum wage workers should consult with counsel to ensure that their compensation practices are compliant with the laws in all of the jurisdictions in which they operate.

Jurisdiction 

2020 Minimum Wage 

2021 Minimum Wage

Alaska

$10.19

$10.34

Arizona

$12.00

$12.15

Flagstaff, AZ

$13.00

$15.00, or $2 above state minimum wage, whichever is greater

Arkansas

$10.00

 $11.00

California

$12.00 – 25 or fewer employees

$13.00 – 26+ employees

$13 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees

$14 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees

Belmont, CA

$15.00

$15.90

Berkeley, CA

$16.07

No update provided yet, eff. 7/1/2021

Cupertino, CA

$15.35

$15.65

Daly City, CA

$13.75

$15.00

El Cerrito, CA

$15.37

$15.61

Emeryville, CA

$16.84

No update provided yet, eff. 7/1/2021

Los Altos, CA

$15.40

$15.65

Los Angeles City, CA

$15.00 (26+ employees)

$14.25 (25 or fewer)

$15.00 (26+ employees)

$15.00 (25 or fewer), eff. 7/1/2021

Los Angeles County, CA

$15.00 (26+ employees)

$14.25 (25 or fewer)

$15.00 (26+ employees)

$15.00 (25 or fewer), eff. 7/1/2021

Malibu, CA

$15.00 (26+ employees)

$14.25 (25 or fewer)

$15.00 for all employers, eff. 7/1/2021

Menlo Park, CA

$15.00

$15.25

Milpitas, CA

$15.40

No update provided yet, eff. 7/1/2021

Mountain View, CA

$16.05

$16.30

Oakland, CA

$14.14

$14.36

Palo Alto, CA

$15.40

$15.65

Pasadena, CA

$15.00 (26+ employees)

$14.25 (25 or fewer)

$15.00 (26+ employees)

$15.00 (25 or fewer), eff. 7/1/2021

Petaluma, CA

$15.00 (26+ employees)

$14.00 (25 or fewer)

$15.20 for all employers, regardless of size

Redwood City, CA

$15.38

$15.62

Richmond, CA

$15.00

$15.21

San Diego, CA

$13.00

$14.00

San Francisco, CA

$16.07

No update provided yet, eff. 7/1/2021

San Jose, CA

$15.25

$15.45

San Mateo, CA

$15.38

$15.62

Santa Clara, CA

$15.40

$15.65

Santa Monica, CA

$15.00 (26+  employees)

$14.25(25 or fewer)

$15.00 (all employees), eff. 7/1/2021

Sonoma, CA

$13.50 (26+ employees)

$12.50 (25 or fewer)

$15.00 (26+ employees)

$14.00 (25 or fewer)

Sunnyvale, CA

$16.05

$16.30

Colorado

$12.00

$12.32

Denver, CO

$12.85

$14.77

Connecticut

$12.00, eff. 9/1/2020

$13.00, eff. 8/1/2021

Florida

$8.56

$8.65, eff. 1/1/2021

$10.00, eff. 9/30/2021

Illinois

$10.00

$11.00

Chicago, IL

$14.00 (for employers of 21+)

$13.50 (for employers 4 to 20)

$15.00 (for employers of 21+), eff. 7/1/2021

$14.00 (for employers 4 to 20 ), eff. 7/1/2021

Cook County, IL

$13.00

$13.00 (no increase listed, several municipalities have opted out and are subject to IL minimum wage), eff. 7/1/2021

Maine

$12.00

$12.15

Maryland

$11.00

$11.75 (15+ employees)

$11.60 (14 or fewer)

Prince George County, MD

$11.50

$11.50

Montgomery County, MA

14.00 (51+ employees)

$13.25 (11-50 employees)

$13.00 (10 or fewer)

$15.00 (51+ employees), eff. 7/1/2021

$14.00 (11-50 employees), eff. 7/1/2021

$13.50 (10 or fewer), eff. 7/1/2021

Massachusetts

$12.75

$13.50

Michigan

$9.65

$9.87

Minnesota

$10.00 for large employers (annual gross sales of $500,000 or more)

$8.15 for small employers

$10.08 for large employers

$8.21 for small employers

Minneapolis, MN

$13.25 (100+ employees)

$11.75 (fewer than 100)

$14.25 (100+ employees), eff. 7/1/2021

$12.50 (fewer than 100), eff. 7/1/2021

St. Paul, MN

$12.50 for macro businesses (more than 10,000 employees)

$11.50 (101 to 10,000 employees)

$10.00 (6 to 100 employees)

$9.25 (5 or fewer)

$12.50 for macro businesses (more than 10,000 employees), eff. 7/1/2021

$12.50 (101 to 10,000 employees), eff. 7/1/2021

$11.00 (6 to 100 employees), eff. 7/1/2021

$10.00 (5 or fewer), eff. 7/1/2021

Missouri

$9.45

$10.30

Montana

$8.65

$8.75

Nevada

$8.00 (for employers offering specified health benefits)

$9.00 (for all other employers)

$8.75 (for employers offering specified health benefits), eff. 7/1/2021

$9.75 (for all other employers), eff. 7/1/2021

New Jersey

$11.00, for most employers

$10.30, small employers (fewer than 6 employees, seasonal employees)

$12.00, for most employers

$11.10, for small employers

New Mexico

$9.00

$10.50

Santa Fe, NM

$12.10

No update provided yet, eff.  3/1/2021

New York

 $11.80

$12.50, eff. 12/31/2020

New York City, NY

$15.00

$15.00

Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, NY

$13.00 (increasing to $14.00 on Dec. 31, 2020)

$14.00 (increasing to$15.00 by Dec. 31, 2021)

Ohio

$8.70

$8.80

Oregon

$12.00

$12.75, eff. 7/1/2021

Portland, OR

$13.25

$14.00, eff. 7/1/2021

Non-Urban Counties, OR

$11.50

$12.00, eff. 7/1/2021

South Dakota

$9.30

$9.45

Vermont

$10.96

$11.75

Virginia

$7.25

$9.50, eff. 5/1/2021

Washington

$13.50

$13.69

Seattle, WA

$15.75 (500 or fewer employees)

$13.50 (500 or fewer and money plus tips and benefits paid by employer)

$16.39 (more than 500 employees)

$16.69 (500 or fewer employees)

$15.00 (500 or fewer, plus tips and benefits paid by employer)

$16.69 (more than 500 employees

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