Minimum Wage and Salary Threshold Increases for 2017

Minimum Wage

The federal minimum wage for nonexempt employees will remain at $7.25 per hour. State and local governments, however, continue to raise their minimum wages. Here is a list of minimum wage increases that will take effect in 2017 (note that minimum wage posters should be updated accordingly):

New York State

  • Effective Date: 12/31/2016
  • Minimum Wage: $9.70

New York City Large Employers (11 or more employees)

  • Effective Date: 12/31/2016
  • Minimum Wage: $11.00

New York City Small Employers (10 or fewer employees)

  • Effective Date: 12/31/2016
  • Minimum Wage: $10.50

Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

  • Effective Date: 12/31/2016
  • Minimum Wage: $10.00

Arkansas

  • Effective Date: 1/1/17
  • Minimum Wage: $8.50

California Large Employers (26 or more employees)

  • Effective Date: 1/1/2017
  • Minimum Wage: $10.50

California Small Employers (25 or fewer employees)

  • Effective Date: 1/1/2017
  • Minimum Wage: $10.00

Connecticut

  • Effective Date 1/1/17
  • Minimum Wage: $10.10

Hawaii

  • Effective Date: 1/1/17
  • Minimum Wage: $9.25

Massachusetts

  • Effective Date: 1/1/17
  • Minimum Wage: $11.00

Michigan

  • Effective Date: 1/1/17
  • Minimum Wage: $8.90

New Jersey

  • Effective Date: 1/1/17
  • Minimum Wage: $8.44

Vermont

  • Effective Date: 1/1/17
  • Minimum Wage: $10.00

District of Columbia

  • Effective Date: 6/1/17
  • Minimum Wage: $12.50

Maryland

  • Effective Date: 6/1/17
  • Minimum Wage: $9.25

Salary Thresholds for New York

Employees may be exempt from the minimum wage and overtime payment requirements of federal and state wage and hour laws. In order to be exempt from overtime, employees must be paid on a salary basis in an amount that meets or exceeds the threshold, in addition to meeting certain job duties requirements. If an employee is not paid at least the threshold amount, even if he or she meets the duties requirements, the employee must be paid overtime for time worked over 40 hours in a week.

There are both federal and state salary threshold requirements. The federal government was set to increase its threshold this year, but a federal court temporarily stayed the law from going into effect. Conversely, the salary thresholds in New York are set to increase over the next few years. Here are the increases:

Large employers in NYC (11 or more employees)

  • $825.00 per week on and after 12/31/16;
  • $975.00 per week on and after 12/31/17; and
  • $1,125.00 per week on and after 12/31/18.

Small employers in NYC (10 or fewer employees)

  • $787.50 per week on and after 12/31/16;
  • $900.00 per week on and after 12/31/17; and
  • $1,012.50 per week on and after 12/31/18.

Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

  • $750.00 per week on and after 12/31/16;
  • $825.00 per week on and after 12/31/17; and
  • $900.00 per week on and after 12/31/18.

Employers outside of NYC, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

  • $727.50 per week on and after 12/31/16;
  • $780.00 per week on and after 12/31/17; and
  • $832.00 per week on and after 12/31/18.

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