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2014 Minimum Wage Laws

The federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 an hour in July 2009. Among the states, Washington has the highest minimum wage at $9.19, it rises to $9.32 on Jan 1, 2014. Georgia and Wyoming have the lowest minimum wage: $5.15, although in those cases, the federal minimum wage of $7.25 supersedes the state wage law. Several western cities have enacted minimums above what state law requires.

Published Nov. 12, 2013

Sources: State government web sites; Inflation Calculator: Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Department of Labor

GRAPHIC: DAVE MERRILL / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA