What is the Current Minimum Wage in New York State? New York City Wage and Hour Lawyer

What is Minimum Wage in New York State?  New York City Wage and Hour Lawyer Explains

Overtime in New York is owed for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek.  The overtime rate is at the “regular rate” of pay.  This regular rate of pay must be above minimum wage.  Minimum wage in New York has changed a lot and will continue to change.  This is partially because of the discussions in New York, and throughout the country, as to minimum wage and increasing it.  But most people do not know what minimum wage is in New York, which is partially because different parts of New York have different minimum wages.  This is also because minimum wage is on a schedule to increase each of the next few years, at a different rate in each different region.

Not sure what your minimum wage should be in your region?  Check below or ask our New York City wage and hour lawyer at SAMUEL & STEIN.  Since overtime cannot be lower than minimum wage, it is important for employers and employees to know what minimum wage is in their area to avoid a violation of New York labor law.

Minimum Wage in New York City for Large Employers – Large employers of 11 or more in New York City are required to pay minimum wage of the following:

  • From December 31, 2016 forward – $11.00;
  • From December 31, 2017 forward – $13.00; and
  • From December 31, 2018 forward – $15.00.

Minimum Wage in New York City for Smaller Employers – Small employers of 10 or less in New York City are required to pay minimum wage of the following:

  • From December 31, 2016 forward – $10.50;
  • From December 31, 2017 forward – $12.00;
  • From December 31, 2018 forward – $13.50; and
  • From December 31, 2019 forward – $15.00.

Minimum Wage in Long Island and Westchester – Employers on Long Island and in Westchester are required to pay minimum wage of the following:

  • From December 31, 2016 forward – $10.00;
  • From December 31, 2017 forward – $11.00;
  • From December 31, 2018 forward – $12.00;
  • From December 31, 2019 forward – $13.00;
  • From December 31, 2020 forward – $14.00; and
  • In 2021 forward – $15.00.

An assigned date has not been provided by the Commissioner of Labor for the 2021 increase to $15.00.

Minimum Wage for the Remainder of New York State – Employers in the remainder of New York State are required to pay minimum wage of the following:

  • From December 31, 2016 forward – $9.70
  • From December 31, 2017 forward – $10.40;
  • From December 31, 2018 forward – $11.10;
  • From December 31, 2019 forward – $11.80; and
  • From December 31, 2020 forward – $12.50.

There has not been an assigned date or amount for an increase in 2021.  However, the Commissioner of Labor has stated that annual increases will continue for the rest of the state until the rate reaches $15 minimum wage.

Was Your Overtime Not Paid Above Minimum Wage?  Call SAMUEL & STEIN to Learn More!

The experienced New York City Wage and Hour attorneys at SAMUEL & STEIN are dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of employers and working people throughout New York and New Jersey.  We have the resources, experience, and knowledge necessary to ensure your legal rights are protected and you are not taken advantage of.  Call us today by dialing (646) 480-2149 or use the convenient “Evaluate Now” box on our webpage.  Together we can help answer your questions and protect your rights.

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