Minimum Wage in New Jersey

Author: Jason Coles

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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 2022 is $13.00 per hour, this is $5.75 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 2022 from $12.00 per hour (in 2021) to $13.00 in 2022.

Minimum wage in New Jersey

New Jersey Minimum Wage 2022

In 2022, the minimum wage in New Jersey increased by $1.00 from $12.00 (2021) to $13.00 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.

Some employees working in specific industries can be paid differently from 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 2022, 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, and 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 $13.00 or more.
  • The tipped wage for employees in the hospitality industry is currently $5.13. This wage plus tips must equal the New Jersey minimum wage for 2022. Tipped jobs include restaurant servers, bartenders, and pretty much any service-providing job.

New Jersey Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of New Jersey’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.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2023$14.132023$1.138.69%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2022$13.002022$1.003.3%
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 2007$7.152007$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2006$7.152006$1.0016.2%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2005$6.152005$1.0019.4%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2004$5.152004$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$0.101.9%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1998$5.051998$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1997$5.051997$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1996$5.051996$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1995$5.051995$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1994$5.051994$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1993$5.051993$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1992$5.051992$0.9018.8%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4511.8%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$0.4513.4%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1986$3.351986$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1985$3.351985$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1984$3.351984$00%
New Jersey Minimum Wage 1983$3.351983$00%

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

New Jersey Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF

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Jason Coles

Jason Coles is the Founder of Foreign USA and its Chief Content Writer and Editor. Recognized as a prolific business plan writer by many prominent immigration attorneys in the U.S., Jason has written over 1,200 business plans over the past 16+ years for start-ups looking to establish and expand their footprint in the United States.