Here Is The Minimum Wage In Every State In America In 2021 Compared To 2020

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Minimum wage in America is all over the map. While many states have increased the wages for these workers, a lot of states are still adhering to the Federal Minimum Wage ($7.25) or lower (Georgia and Wyoming). As you will see below, some big cities even have different minimum wage requirements than the states they are in.

We have also include the Median Household Income in every state to emphasize how far away most low wage employees are from the lower middle class. In fact, there is only one state in the US where a two earner household (both making full-time minimum wage) could sniff the median house hold income.

Minimum Wage In Every State In America In 2021

Alabama

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  • Median household income: $51,734
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Alaska

  • Median household income: $75,463
  • 2021 minimum wage: $10.34
  • 2020 minimum wage: $10.19

Arizona

  • Median household income: $62,055
  • 2021 minimum wage: $12.15
  • 2020 minimum wage: $12.00

Arkansas

  • Median household income: $48,952
  • 2021 minimum wage: $11.00
  • 2020 minimum wage: $10.00

If you are a minimum wage employee, Arkansas might be the best state to live. In fact, if a two person household, where both of whom earned a full-time minimum wage, would only be $3,000 below the medium household income for the entire state. No other state is even close under that scenario.

California

  • Median household income: $80,440
  • 2021 minimum wage: $14.00
  • 2020 minimum wage: $13.00

Colorado

  • Median household income: $77,127
  • 2021 minimum wage: $12.32
  • 2020 minimum wage: $12.00

Connecticut

  • Median household income: $78,833
  • 2021 minimum wage: $13.00
  • 2020 minimum wage: $12.00

Delaware

  • Median household income: $70,176
  • 2021 minimum wage: $10.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $9.25

Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

  • Median household income: $59,227
  • 2021 minimum wage: $10.00*
  • 2020 minimum wage: $8.56

Florida’s new, higher minimum wages takes effect on Sept. 30, 2021. Until then, $8.56 it is. 

Georgia

  • Median household income: $61,980
  • 2021 minimum wage: $5.15
  • 2020 minimum wage: $5.15

Georgia coming in with a state minimum wage so low you have to wonder how it is even legal. Actually it isn’t in some cases because some employers have to pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 if they are forced to adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Hawaii

  • Median household income: $83,102
  • 2021 minimum wage: $10.10
  • 2020 minimum wage: $10.10

Idaho

  • Median household income: $60,999
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Illinois

  • Median household income: $69,187
  • 2021 minimum wage: $11.00
  • 2020 minimum wage: $10.00

Indiana

  • Median household income: $57,603
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Iowa

  • Median household income: $61,691
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Related: How Much Money You Need To Retire In Every State In America

Kansas

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  • Median household income: $62,087 
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Kentucky

  • Median household income: $52,295
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Louisiana

  • Median household income: $51,073
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Maine

  • Median household income: $58,924
  • 2021 minimum wage: $12.15
  • 2020 minimum wage: $12.00

Maryland

  • Median household income: $86,738
  • 2021 minimum wage: $11.75
  • 2020 minimum wage: $11.00

Massachusetts

  • Median household income: $85,843
  • 2021 minimum wage: $13.50
  • 2020 minimum wage: $12.75

Michigan

  • Median household income: $59,580
  • 2021 minimum wage: $9.65
  • 2020 minimum wage: $9.65

Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Median household income: $74,593
  • 2021 minimum wage: $10.08*
  • 2020 minimum wage: $10.00*

These numbers from 2020 and 2021 don’t tell the full story. Smaller local businesses with under $500K in annual revenue only have to pay an $8.21 minimum wage.

Mississippi

  • Median household income: $45,792
  • 2021 minimum wage$7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Mississippi is a great example of a state that could do a lot for their lowest earning citizens by raising their minimum wage. If you were contemplating living in Mississippi or Arkansas — which is the  state with the second lowest median household income — it would be an easy decision based solely on earning potential.

Missouri

  • Median household income: $57,409
  • 2021 minimum wage: $10.30
  • 2020 minimum wage: $9.45

Montana

  • Median household income: $57,153
  • 2021 minimum wage: $8.75
  • 2020 minimum wage: $8.65

Nebraska

  • Median household income: $63,229
  • 2021 minimum wage: $9.00
  • 2020 minimum wage: $9.00

Nevada

  • Median household income: $63,276
  • 2021 minimum wage: $8.75 ($9.75 if no health benefits are offered)
  • 2020 minimum wage: $8.00

New Hampshire

  • Median household income: $77,933
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

New Jersey

  • Median household income: $85,751
  • 2021 minimum wage: $12.00
  • 2020 minimum wage: $11.00

The $12.00 per hour minimum wage only applies to businesses with more than six employees and seasonal businesses.

New Mexico

  • Median household income: $51,945
  • 2021 minimum wage: $10.50
  • 2020 minimum wage: $9.00

New York

Lower Manhattan, New York

  • Median household income: $72,108 
  • 2021 minimum wage: $12.50
  • 2020 minimum wage: $11.80

It is worth noting that New York City, Long Island and West Chester all have a $15.00 minimum wage.

North Carolina

  • Median household income: $57,341
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

North Dakota

  • Median household income: $64,577
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Ohio

  • Median household income: $58,642
  • 2021 minimum wage: $8.80
  • 2020 minimum wage: $8.70

Ohio wins the award for the lowest increase of states that made an increase in 2021. Thanks for the extra $4 every week, Ohio!

Oklahoma

  • Median household income: $54,449
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Oregon

  • Median household income: $67,058
  • 2021 minimum wage: $12.75 
  • 2020 minimum wage: $12.00

Pennsylvania

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  • Median household income: $63,463
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Rhode Island

  • Median household income: $71,169
  • 2021 minimum wage: $11.50
  • 2020 minimum wage: $10.50

South Carolina

  • Median household income: $56,227
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

South Dakota

  • Median household income: $59,533
  • 2021 minimum wage: $9.45
  • 2020 minimum wage: $9.30

Tennessee

  • Median household income: $56,071
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Texas

  • Median household income: $64,034
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Utah

  • Median household income: $75,780
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Vermont

  • Median household income: $63,001
  • 2021 minimum wage: $11.75
  • 2020 minimum wage: $10.96

Virginia

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  • Median household income: $76,456
  • 2021 minimum wage: $9.50
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Washington

  • Median household income: $78,687
  • 2021 minimum wage: $13.69
  • 2020 minimum wage: $13.50

Washington D.C.

  • Median household income: $85,203
  • 2021 minimum wage: $15.00
  • 2020 minimum wage: $15.00

Although not an official state, Washington D.C. has the highest minimum wage in the country.

West Virginia

  • Median household income: $48,850
  • 2021 minimum wage: $8.75
  • 2020 minimum wage: $8.75

Wisconsin

  • Median household income: $64,168
  • 2021 minimum wage: $7.25
  • 2020 minimum wage: $7.25

Wyoming

Last, and definitely least is Wyoming.

  • Median household income: $65,003
  • 2021 minimum wage: $5.15
  • 2020 minimum wage: $5.15

Just like Georgia, employers in Wyoming have to pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 if they are forced to adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Either way…Do better, Wyoming.

Author
C. James

C. James is the managing editor at Wealth Gang. He has a degree in finance and a passion for creating passive income streams and wealth management.

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