Although the federal minimum wage will remain at $7.25 per hour in 2012, some states have announced that their minimum wage will increase in 2012. Below are the minimum hourly wage rates for these states effective January 1, 2012:

  • Arizona - Regular minimum wage increases from $7.35 to $7.65 per hour. Minimum wage for tipped employees increases from $4.35 to $4.65 per hour.
  • Florida - Regular minimum wage increases from $7.31 to $7.67 per hour. Minimum wage for tipped employees increases from $4.29 to $4.65 per hour.
  • Montana - Minimum wage increases from $7.35 to $7.65 per hour. Montana law does not allow employers to take a tip credit against minimum wage for tipped employees.
  • Ohio - Minimum wage increases from $7.40 to $7.70 per hour. Minimum wage for tipped employees increases from $3.70 to $3.85 per hour.
  • Oregon - Minimum wage increases from $8.50 to $8.80 per hour. Oregon law does not allow employers to take a tip credit against minimum wage for tipped employees.
  • Washington - Minimum wage increases from $8.67 to $9.04 per hour. Washington law does not allow employers to take a tip credit against minimum wage for tipped employees.

Other States

  • Vermont is expected to announce its 2012 minimum wage rate later this month, that will be effective January 1, 2012.
  • Colorado's Department of Labor and Employment has proposed a minimum wage increase from $7.36 to $7.64 per hour. It also proposed an increase for tipped employees from $4.34 to $4.62 per hour. If approved, the minimum wage increases will be effective January 1, 2012.

If the minimum compensation rate for a state or municipality is higher than the federal minimum rate, then the higher rate must be paid.