Connecticut Minimum Wage for 2019, 2020
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Connecticut's state minimum wage rate is $11.00 per hour. This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. You are entitled to be paid the higher state minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Connecticut, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.†
The Connecticut minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $3.35 from $7.65 to $11.00. Connecticut's minimum wage rate is linked to a Consumer Price Index, which is intended to raise the rate along with inflation. The current minimum wage rate is re-evaluated yearly based on these values.
Connecticut's current minimum wage is $11.00 per hour as of October 1, 2019. A law was passed in May of 2019 which Will gradually raise the Minimum Wage to $15.00 over several years, and then index it to the Federal Economic Indicators. Future increases include: $12.00 on September 1, 2020; $13.00 on August 1, 2021; $14.00 on July 1, 2022; and $15.00 on June 1, 2023.
The minimum wage for minors under the age of 18 is 85% of the current minimum wage, which can be paid indefinitely for minors working at farms or for the government and for the first 200 hours of employment for minors employed elsewhere.
Connecticut employers may not pay you under $11.00 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
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All Connecticut employers must display an approved Connecticut minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Connecticut labor law.
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Connecticut Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Connecticut labor law requires all employers in Connecticut to visibly display an approved Connecticut minimum wage poster, and other Connecticut and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Connecticut labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Connecticut labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
The Connecticut minimum wage poster, and additional required Connecticut labor law posters, are also available on the Connecticut labor law posters download page.
Connecticut Overtime Minimum Wage
All workers who put in over 40 weekly hours are entitled to a minimum wage of at least 1.5 times the regular applicable minimum wage (learn more about Connecticut overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Connecticut law does not specify a daily overtime limit).
The FLSA guarantees all CT employees adequate overtime compensation for all qualifying overtime hours worked. If your employer does not pay adequate overtime wages, you can file an unpaid overtime claim with the Connecticut Department of Labor.
Connecticut Minimum Wage Exemptions
In addition to any Connecticut-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers. You may be paid under the Connecticut minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Connecticut Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Connecticut to pay a new employee who is under 20 years of age a training wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.
- Connecticut Tipped Minimum Wage - See Here - Employees who earn a certain amount of tips every month may be paid a lower cash minimum wage, but must earn at least $11.00 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Connecticut tipped minimum wage.
Frequently Asked Questions - Connecticut Minimum Wage & Labor Law
- What is the Connecticut minimum wage?
The current Connecticut minimum wage of $11.00 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Connecticut can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Connecticut waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
- How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin Connecticut?
A full time minimum wage worker in Connecticut working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $88.00 per day, $440.00 per week, and $22,880.00 per year1. The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $16,020.00 per year.
- What is the Connecticut under 18 minimum wage?
Connecticut employers may pay 18 year olds and minors the youth minimum wage of $4.25 for the first 90 days of employment. Other labor law exemptions for minors in Connecticut may exist.
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1 These earnings estimates do not account for the Connecticut income tax , federal income tax, or local/municipal income taxes.
2 Poverty line for a family of two in the lower 48 published 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services