As of December 31, 2015, New York State's minimum wage is $9.00 per hour. New posters will be available for printing soon. An updated summary listing of rates for all industries will also be available on our forms page. If you have questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you need additional assistance or to file a complaint, please call: 1-888-4NYSDOL (469-7365).
Minimum Wage Increase
Beginning December 31, 2013, New York State’s minimum wage increased in a series of three annual changes as follows:
$8.00 on 12/31/13
$8.75 on 12/31/14
$9.00 on 12/31/15
The minimum wage in New York State is presently $8.75/hour, with few exceptions. Employers must post a Minimum Wage Information poster in their place of work.
Other Posting Requirements
Minimum Wage Poster
Farm Minimum Wage Poster
Child Performer Regulations
Minimum Wage Standards for Farm Workers
Enforcement of Minimum Wage Laws
Minimum Wage for Employees Covered by Federal Law
Minimum Wage Act (General Employment)
The General Industry Minimum Wage Act states that employers must pay all employees in New York State, including most domestic workers, at least $8.75 per hour.
Certain requirements set under regulations known as “wage orders” may modify the basic rate.
Wage orders are provisions of the minimum wage law that cover jobs in:
They set an hourly rate plus overtime and allowances in four General Industry Wage Orders, based on meals and lodging supplied by an employer. You can get these documents at the Forms and Publications link (see left-side navigation bar).
Some industries make allowances for tips; thus they set a lower hourly rate. For example, food service workers may earn $5.00 per hour because their total compensation includes expected tips.
When the worker must maintain required uniforms, certain allowances also apply.
Other service workers have a minimum rate of $5.65 per hour.
There are also allowances for meals and lodging supplied by an employer.Minimum Wage Standards for Farm Workers
The Minimum Wage Order for Farm Workers applies only to farm workers employed on farms that paid over $3,000 to workers in the previous calendar year.
Under this wage order, all workers must receive $8.75 per hour, with few exceptions. It excludes:
- employed on the same farm as their parents or guardians
- who are paid on a piece-rate basis at the same rate as employees over 17
The wage order allows employers to deduct for meals and lodging, except for lodging for seasonal migrant workers. See the wageorder for specific allowances. If employers make payments in kind, they may not charge more than the farm market value.
Employers must post a summary of the wage order where it is visible to workers, along with a copy of the general work agreement.
We help collect underpayments for workers who have not received the minimum wage. Often, we collect the funds without resorting to court action.
However, an employer that violates the Minimum Wage Law is subject to criminal prosecution and penalties. Action may also be taken in civil court.
The Commissioner of Labor may require an employer to pay:
Employees covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act remain covered by the New York State minimum wage orders, including their supplemental wage provisions. Employers must comply with the State and with the Federal law, which may result in a higher minimum wage. In all cases, the higher wages apply.
The Division of Labor Standards offers free educational seminars to employers doing business in New York State.
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