Currently, every employer in New York must pay its employees at least $9.00/hour. The current minimum wage rate is higher for “fast food” workers ($9.75/hour in upstate New York).

Earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation to implement scheduled wage hikes that will eventually raise our minimum wage to $15.00/hour over a period of years. The amount and pace of the increase will vary.

For employers in upstate New York, minimum wage increases will be implemented as follows:

  • December 31, 2016–$9.70/hour
  • December 31, 2017–$10.40/hour
  • December 31, 2018–$11.10/hour
  • December 31, 2019–$11.80/hour
  • December 31, 2020–$12.50/hour
For wage increases after December 31, 2020, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor will publish the amount of the next increase on each October 1. The increase itself will take effect on December 31.

When determining the amount of the increase, the public officials responsible will consider a number of factors, including indices concerning the rate of inflation, the rate of state personal income growth, and wage growth. Minimum wage increases will cap out at $15.00 per hour statewide.

For information from the New York State Department of Labor, visit

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