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Minimum wage across the U.S.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for most workers. Nineteen states and the District mandate a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum. Although bills are pending in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, most observers consider passage a long shot. If a state has no law or a lower rate, the minimum pay defaults to the federal rule. Read related article.

State minimum wage status

  • Above U.S. wage
  • Same as U.S. wage
  • Below U.S. wage (defaults to U.S.)
  • No law (defaults to U.S.)

SOURCE: Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. GRAPHIC: The Washington Post. Published Sept. 3, 2013.