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History of the General Hourly Minimum Wage in New York State

Prior to 1960, state minimum wage rates varied from industry to industry.
October 1, 1960 Newly established general minimum wage set at $1.00
October 15, 1962 Increased from $1.00 to $1.15
October 15, 1964 Increased from $1.15 to $1.25
January 1, 1967 Increased from $1.25 to $1.50
February 1, 1968 Increased from $1.50 to $1.60
July 1, 1970 Increased from $1.60 to $1.85
May 1, 1974 Increased from $1.85 to $2.00
January 1, 1975 Increased from $2.00 to $2.10
January 1, 1976 Increased from $2.10 to $2.30
October 6, 1978 Increased from $2.30 to $2.65
January 1, 1979 Increased from $2.65 to $2.90
January 1, 1980 Increased from $2.90 to $3.10
January 1, 1981 Increased from $3.10 to $3.35
April 1, 1990 Increased from $3.35 to $3.80
April 1, 1991 Increased from $3.80 to $4.25
March 31, 2000 Increased from $4.25 to $5.15
January 1, 2005 Increased from $5.15 to $6.00
January 1, 2006 Increased from $6.00 to $6.75
January 1, 2007 Increased from $6.75 to $7.15
July 24, 2009 Increased from $7.15 to $7.25
December 31, 2013 Increased from $7.25 to $8.00
December 31, 2014 Increased from $8.00 to $8.75
December 31, 2015 Increased from $8.75 to $9.00
December 31, 2016 Increased from $9.00 to $9.70

 

From 12/31/2016 to 12/30/2017, the general minimum wage is $9.70 per hour in most of New York State. There are different minimum wage rates for: the fast food industry; Long Island; Westchester County; and large and small employers in New York City. If you have questions about upcoming increases in New York State's general minimum wage, see the State Department of Labor's minimum wage resource page.

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