It is important for business owners in the US to understand how the minimum wage works and what the minimum wage is for certain states, this will help with paying employees the correct and legal wage they’re entitled to.

This page provides details on the New Jersey minimum wage and the rules and regulations that come with the state’s minimum wage system. The New Jersey state minimum wage in 2021 is $12.00 per hour, this is $4.75 higher than the federal minimum wage ($7.25 p/hr).

New Jersey joined the majority of US states in 2014 when its minimum wage increased to a higher hourly rate than the federal minimum wage.

Did the New Jersey Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the New Jersey minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 from $11.00 per hour (in 2020) to $12.00 in 2021.

Minimum Wage in New Jersey

New Jersey Minimum Wage 2021

In 2021, the minimum wage in New Jersey increased by $1.00 from $11.00 (2020) to $12.00 per hour. The way in which minimum wage increases are calculated in the state of NJ is through the Consumer Price Index, which takes into account the cost of living and other important variables in order to decipher the fairest wage to be paying state employees.

It has been confirmed that the minimum wage in New Jersey is expected to reach $15 per hour by 2024. However seasonal workers and small business employees won’t earn $15 per hour until 2026.

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Some employees working in specific industries can be paid differently to the minimum wage according to the New Jersey Department of Labor website. Certain employers are not required to pay their employees the New Jersey minimum wage 2021, examples of this are:

  • Employees working for nursing homes, boardwalk and other seasonal amusements, summer camps, libraries, and small businesses. By 2024 the minimum wage for those working in these industries will be $12.50 per hour, the rest of the state’s employees will be paid a minimum of $15 per hour.
  • If you’re an office worker employed by a nursing home in NJ, you can be paid less than the minimum wage, but if you work as a waitress in that same establishment, you must be paid the state minimum wage of $12.00 or more.
  • In 2021 the training wage increased to $10.90 per hour. Training wages are used by employers to pay new workers lacking experience for the first 120 hours of employment.
  • The tipped wage for employees in the hospitality industry is currently $4.13. This wage plus tips must equal the New Jersey minimum wage for 2021.

To find out more information regarding the US minimum wage by state, check out our page that has a table in alphabetical order of all 50 states, including the current minimum wage for each state and historical state minimum wage rates from previous years.

There are many interesting facts about New Jersey that you probably haven’t heard of. Feel free to check out a comprehensive list of them that also includes some very important economic facts if you are looking to start your own business or franchise or get a job in the state.

New Jersey Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of New Jersey’s minimum wage over the years since 2008. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2021$12.002021$1.009%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2020$11.002020$1.0010%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2019$10.002019$1.4016.3%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2018$8.602018$0.161.9%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2017$8.442017$0.060.7%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2016$8.382016$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2015$8.382015$0.131.6%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2014$8.252014$1.0013.8%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.101.4%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2008$7.152008$00%

New Jersey minimum wage history for the past 10+ years – downloadable PDF below

New Jersey minimum wage history

New Jersey Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF

EIN Number New Jersey

As a New Jersey business owner and employer, or someone that is looking to register an LLC or an incorporated company in New Jersey with the goal of hiring employees, now, or in the future, you will need to have a New Jersey EIN number.

An EIN is also known as an Employer Identification Number and is issued by the internal revenue service (IRS). We have created a guide on how to get an EIN number in New Jersey with the IRS, and it includes links to the appropriate sources and forms and the differences between whether you are a U.S. citizen or a foreign national applying for a New Jersey EIN.