New York’s minimum wage is unique when compared with most other states, the wage differs depending on the location of the business you own or work for. It also depends on the size of the business, i.e., how many employees it has. This page covers the New York minimum wage in 2021 and also has helpful information about what the rate was in previous years (see the bottom of the page for the table).
New York’s minimum wage is one of the 29 states that exceed the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In fact, the New York minimum wage in 2021 far exceeds the federal minimum wage rate even on the lower end of the scale.
The minimum wage in New York City in 2021 is $15.00 per hour, usually, the minimum wage rate in Long Island and Westchester would be slightly less, as suggested by previous years, however, the 2021 rate for these locations is $15 per hour too. Employers in other parts of New York state are required to pay a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour in 2021.
Did the New York Minimum Wage Go Up?
The graphic below highlights the New York minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 from $11.80 per hour (in 2020) to $12.50 in 2021.
New York Minimum Wage 2021
2021 saw the NY min wage increase in most areas of New York from $11.80 to $12.50 per hour, this increase had been planned for a number of years and 2022 will see another increase to the New York minimum wage as part of the 2016-2017 State Budget that was agreed.
New York City used to have a different New York minimum wage rate depending on the size of the employer. Larger employers (11 or more employees) in the City have had to pay their employees $15.00 per hour since 12/31/18, and at that time, smaller employers in NYC were required to pay their employees $13.50 per hour.
This all changed on 12/31/19 when the increase in the NY min wage for small employers (10 or fewer employees) was increased to $15.00 per hour as well. Now, large and small employers in New York City must pay their employees $15.00 per hour.
For the minimum wage in New York for all areas outside of New York City (not including Long Island and Westchester), there was a 2021 minimum wage increase agreed in advance.
Min Wage in NY (Long Island & Westchester)
The min wage in NY in Long Island and Westchester, which covers Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties is $15.00 per hour in 2021. This is also set to increase based on prior legislation that was signed by Governor Cuomo as part of the 2016-2017 State Budget. The Governor’s plan takes the needs of workers and businesses alike into account and it benefits over 2 million New York workers.
If you would like more information on the Minimum Wage Act from the New York State Labor Department, you can head over to their website. The NY labor department requires that all employees in New York State receive at least the applicable hourly Min Wage in NY; this includes domestic workers and employees in the Nail Salon Industry.
There are, however, regulations known as “Wage Orders” that set certain requirements that are industry-specific. The rates contained in these Wage Orders may differ from the general NY Min Wage rate. The New York labor department has specific details for each industry included in a wage order, but they are as follows:
- Hospitality Industry (includes fast-food workers)
- Building Service Industry
- Non-Profitmaking Institutions
- Farm Workers
- Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations
New York Minimum Wage History
The table below provides the history of New York’s minimum wage over the years since 1983. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents.
|State||Wage||Year||$ Wage Increase||% Increase|
|New York Minimum Wage 2022||$13.20||2022||$0.70||5.6%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2021||$12.50||2021||$0.70||5.9%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2020||$11.80||2020||$0.70||6.3%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2019||$11.10||2019||$0.70||6.7%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2018||$10.40||2018||$0.70||7.2%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2017||$9.70||2017||$0.70||7.8%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2016||$9.00||2016||$0.25||2.9%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2015||$8.75||2015||$0.75||9.4%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2014||$8.00||2014||$0.75||10.3%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2013||$7.25||2013||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2012||$7.25||2012||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2011||$7.25||2011||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2010||$7.25||2010||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2009||$7.25||2009||$0.10||1.4%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2008||$7.15||2008||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2007||$7.15||2007||$0.40||5.92%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2006||$6.75||2006||$0.75||12.5%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2005||$6.00||2005||$0.85||16.5%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2004||$5.15||2004||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2003||$5.15||2003||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2002||$5.15||2002||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2001||$5.15||2001||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 2000||$5.15||2000||$0.90||21.17%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1999||$4.25||1999||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1998||$4.25||1998||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1997||$4.25||1997||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1996||$4.25||1996||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1995||$4.25||1995||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1994||$4.25||1994||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1993||$4.25||1993||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1992||$4.25||1992||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1991||$4.25||1991||$0.45||11.84%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1990||$3.80||1990||$0.45||13.43%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1989||$3.35||1989||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1988||$3.35||1988||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1987||$3.35||1987||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1986||$3.35||1986||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1985||$3.35||1985||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1984||$3.35||1984||$0||0%|
|New York Minimum Wage 1983||$3.35||1983||$0||0%|