On September 1, 2020, the Connecticut state minimum wage increased by $1.00 to $12.00 per hour. For a state to increase its minimum wage more than once in a calendar year is seen as quite different than most states. However, the same happened in 2019 with the minimum wage in Delaware.

The new laws affecting the minimum wage in Connecticut will ensure that there will be a consistent increase to the minimum wage over the next several years. This will result in the minimum wage increasing to $15.00 per hour by June 1st, 2023.

Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation that he championed alongside several other state legislators that will ensure the minimum wage grows according to federal economic indicators, so everyone can continue to share in Connecticut’s prosperity.

The graphic below shows the minimum wage in Connecticut each year over the past several years.

Minimum Wage in Connecticut

Connecticut Minimum Wage 2020

The Connecticut minimum wage did not increase at all from 2010 to 2013 and only increased by 45 cents in 2014.  Since 2015 the minimum wage increased at a consistent rate each year until reaching $10.10 in 2017, where there was no increase seen over the next two years.

In 2019, a much more significant increase came into effect, with the minimum wage in Connecticut increasing by 90 cents to $11.00 per hour. This is a healthy 8.91% increase in just a year.

The beginning of 2020 saw no increase to the Connecticut minimum wage, however, on September 1, 2020, the Connecticut minimum wage increased by $1 to $12.00 per hour following Governor Ned Lamont signing legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 by 2023.

However, since the new law has been signed, the Connecticut minimum wage increase is as follows:

  • $11.00 on October 1, 2019
  • $12.00 on September 1, 2020
  • $13.00 on August 1, 2021
  • $14.00 on July 1, 2022
  • $15.00 on June 1, 2023

Ultimately, beginning January 1, 2024, the same law that requires the Connecticut minimum wage to increase from 2019 to 2023 will become indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor. For the first time in Connecticut, the minimum wage rate will grow according to economic indicators.

“This is perhaps one of the most impactful pieces of legislation for working families that a governor can sign, and I am proud to place my signature on this law because it is the right thing to do. With this new law, thousands of hardworking women and men – many of whom are supporting families – will get a modest increase that will help lift them out of poverty, combat persistent pay disparities between races and genders, and stimulate our economy. This is a fair, gradual increase for the working women and men who will invest the money right back into our economy and continue supporting local businesses in their communities.” – Governor Ned Lamont

Connecticut has had and will continue to have one of the highest minimum wage rates in the whole of the U.S. Connecticut, like pretty much all other U.S. states has a tipped minimum wage, and this tipped minimum wage is a combination of tips and an actual minimum wage rate.

Connecticut Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Connecticut’s minimum wage over the years since 1983. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents.

StateMinimum WageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2021$13.002021$1.008.3%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2020$12.002020$1.009%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2020 (Before Sept 1)$11.002020$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2019$11.002019$0.908.9%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2019 (Before Oct 1)$10.102019$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2018$10.102018$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2017$10.102017$0.505.2%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2016$9.602016$0.454.9%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2015$9.152015$0.455.2%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2014$8.702014$0.455.4%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2013$8.252013$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2012$8.252012$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2011$8.252011$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2010$8.252010$0.253.1%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2009$8.002009$0.354.6%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2008$7.652008$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2007$7.652007$0.253.37%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2006$7.402006$0.304.22%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2005$7.102005$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2004$7.102004$0.202.89%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2003$6.902003$0.202.98%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2002$6.702002$0.304.68%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2001$6.402001$0.254.06%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 2000$6.152000$0.508.84%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1999$5.651999$0.479.07%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1998$5.181998$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1997$5.181997$0.418.59%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1996$4.771996$0.5011.7%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1995$4.271995$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1994$4.271994$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1993$4.271993$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1992$4.271992$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1991$4.271991$0.020.47%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1990$4.251990$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1989$4.251989$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1988$4.251988$0.5013.33%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1987$3.751987$0.3811.27%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1986$3.371986$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1985$3.371985$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1984$3.371984$00%
Connecticut Minimum Wage 1983$3.371983$00%