My state minimum wage will go up in 2021. Do I need a new poster?

Posted November 23, 2020

The minimum wage will increase in 20 states on January 1, but not every rate increase brings a posting change.

Some state laws call for regular stepped increases in the minimum wage. When the new rate is already listed on the poster, a new one isn’t needed.

Other wage and hour changes

There are times when a different change to a state wage and hour law drives a minimum wage poster update. That’s the case this year in New Jersey, where a new rate for agricultural employees is bringing a mandatory posting change.

State minimum wage poster updates

In 2021, an updated minimum wage poster will be needed in:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Vermont

Montana, South Dakota, and Washington will also update their posters. These states do not require businesses to post a minimum wage poster, but they do issue posters and it’s a good idea to display the latest information.
State minimum wage increases

Here’s a look at the new state minimum wage rates for 2021:


State Minimum Wage and Poster Updates: January 2021

State

New Rate

Tipped Rate

Alaska

$10.34

N/A

Arizona

$12.15

$9.15

California*

$13/$14

N/A

Colorado

$12.32

$9.30

Florida

$8.65

$5.63

Illinois

$11.00

$6.60

Maine

$12.15

$6.08

Maryland

$11.75

$3.63

Massachusetts

$13.50

$5.55

Michigan

$9.87

$3.75

Minnesota*

$10.08/$8.21

N/A

Missouri

$10.30

$5.15

Montana***

$8.75/$4

N/A

New Jersey***

$12/$11.10/$10.44

$4.13

New Mexico

$10.50

$2.55

New York**

$14/$12.50

Varies by industry

Ohio

$8.80

$4.40

South Dakota

$9.45

$4.725

Vermont

$11.75

$5.88

Washington***

$13.69/$11.64

N/A

*Rate varies based on business size.
**Rate varies based on location. Effective December 31, 2020.
*** Certain workers may be paid a lower rate.

This article was written by Terri Dougherty of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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