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Understanding The Minimum Wage In New York State

Are you getting paid enough? You probably don’t think so, no matter how much you’re getting paid. With that said, whether your employer is paying you “enough” such that it’s legal is a different question. You likely know of the concept of a “minimum wage,” but most people don’t realize that it’s not just one catchall that applies to everyone across the board. Instead, as it relates to New York based workers, the applicable minimum wage depends on several factors. First, it depends on what industry you work in. For example, the applicable minimum wage is different in hospitality-based positions than it is in building services. Second, it depends on the size of your employer. Generally, the minimum wage is higher for larger companies. Third, it depends on where your job is located. The minimum wage is higher in New York City than in surrounding counties. To learn more about the minimum wage in New York City and New York State, visit the New York State Department of Labor website.

Here is a table that outlines the progress towards the $15/hour minimum wage in New York City and the rest of New York State:

General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule
Location 12/31/16 12/31/17 12/31/18 12/31/19 12/31/20 2021*
NYC – Large Employers (of 11 or more) $11.00 $13.00 $15.00
NYC – Small Employers (10 or less) $10.50 $12.00 $13.50 $15.00
Long Island & Westchester $10.00 $11.00 $12.00 $13.00 $14.00 $15.00
Remainder of New York State $9.70 $10.40 $11.10 $11.80 $12.50 *

Here is a table that outlines the progress towards the $15/hour minimum wage in New York City and the rest of New York State for the hospitality industry, including fast food establishments:

New York City
12/31/2015 $10.50 per hour
12/31/2016 $12.00 per hour
12/31/2017 $13.50 per hour
12/31/2018 $15.00 per hour

 

Rest of the State
12/31/2015 $9.75 per hour
12/31/2016 $10.75 per hour
12/31/2017 $11.75 per hour
12/31/2018 $12.75 per hour
12/31/2019 $13.75 per hour
12/31/2020 $14.50 per hour
07/01/2021 $15.00 per hour

Contact Our NYC Employment Attorneys Today

The employment attorneys at Leeds Brown Law, P.C., have extensive experience with minimum wage claims. If you’re not sure whether your employer is paying you at least the proper minimum wage for all hours you work, please contact us via email or by phone at (212) 661-4370 or (516) 873-9550 and ask to speak with one of our employment attorneys.