Minimum Wage

New York's Minimum Wage
Overview

The Minimum Wage Act (Article 19 of the New York State Labor Law) requires that all employees in New York State receive at least the applicable hourly Minimum Wage rate. This includes domestic workers and employees in the Nail Salon Industry.

The Minimum Wage rates are scheduled to increase each year on 12/31 until they reach $15.00 per hour. 

General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule

Location 12/31/16 12/31/17 12/31/18 12/31/19 12/31/20 12/31/21*
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 $13.20*

*Annual increases for the rest of the state will continue until the rate reaches $15 minimum wage (and $10 tipped wage). Starting 2021, the annual increases will be published by the Commissioner of Labor on or before October 1. They will be based on percentage increases determined by the Director of the Division of Budget, based on economic indices, including the Consumer Price Index.

On September 22, 2021, the NYS Division of the Budget issued its report on minimum wage rates scheduled to take effect on December 31, 2021. Read the NYS Division of the Budget Report, the Order of the Commissioner of Labor, and the Proposed Regulatory Text.

Wage Lookup
Check Your Minimum Pay Rate
Several factors can affect your minimum wage, including the date, the location of your employment, and any tips you receive. Use this tool to help you determine the minimum cash wage to be paid to you by your employer.
Enforcement of Minimum Wage Laws
Contact Us for a Question or Complaint About Your Wage

We help collect underpayments for workers who have not received the minimum wage. Often, we collect the funds without resorting to court action.

If you need additional assistance or want to file a complaint, please call: 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365).

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