New York Minimum Wage for 2016, 2017
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New York's state minimum wage rate is $9.70 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 New York, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.†
The New York minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $2.55 from $7.15 to $9.70. New York's minimum wage rate is linked to a Customer 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.
The current minimum wage rate in New York is $9.70 per hour. This listed rate is for most employers in New York State. The minimum wage in New York City is $11.00 per hour for large employers and $10.50 per hour for small employers. The minimum wage for Long Island and Westchester Counties is $10.00. Tipped wages in New York may vary, depending on the amount of tips received per hour, and are described in the tipped minimum wage section. In 2013, New York's legislature approved a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour over several years. Current minimum wage rates for Fast Food Workers in New York State is $10.75 per hour and in New York City is $12.00 per hour. They have been increased on December 31, 2016, with regular increases in the state through 2021 and in New York City through 2018. The scheduled increases for Fast Food Workers will continue as follows:
- New York State: $10.75 (12-31-16), $11.75 (12-31-17), $12.75 (12-31-18), $13.75 (12-31-19), $14.50 (12-31-20), $15.00 (12-31-21)
- New York City: $12.00 (12-31-16), $13.50 (12-31-17), $15.00 (12-31-18)
New York allows employers to make deductions to the applicable minimum wage rate for tips received, meals, or lodging provided to an employee. There are few exceptions to New York's minimum wage - farm workers, who are exempt in many other states, must earn at least $8.25 in New York.
New York employers may not pay you under $9.70 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
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All New York employers must display an approved New York minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under New York labor law.
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New York Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York labor law requires all employers in New York to visibly display an approved New York minimum wage poster, and other New York and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and New York labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a New York labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
The New York minimum wage poster, and additional required New York labor law posters, are also available on the New York labor law posters download page.
New York 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 New York overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (New York law does not specify a daily overtime limit).
The FLSA guarantees all NY 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 New York Department of Labor.
New York Minimum Wage Exemptions
In addition to any New York-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 New York minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
- New York Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in New York 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.
- New York 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 $9.70 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the New York tipped minimum wage.
Local Minimum Wage Rates in New York
While New York's state minimum wage is $9.70 per hour, there are localities that have set their own, higher minimum wages that apply to some or all employees within their jurisdictions. The following is a table of all New York localities with established minimum wage laws.
|Locality||Applies To||Minimum Wage||Comparison to State|
|Long Island & Westchester Counties||All employees||$10.00||+$0.30|
|Nassau County||All employees||$15.78||+$6.08|
|New York City||10 or less employees||$10.50||+$0.80|
|11 or more employees||$11.00||+$1.30|
|Suffolk County||with benefits||$12.03||+$2.33|
Frequently Asked Questions - New York Minimum Wage & Labor Law
- What is the New York minimum wage?
The current New York minimum wage of $9.70 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in New York can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "New York waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
- How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin New York?
A full time minimum wage worker in New York working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $77.60 per day, $388.00 per week, and $20,176.00 per year1. The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $16,020.00 per year.
- What is the New York under 18 minimum wage?
New York 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 New York may exist.
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1 These earnings estimates do not account for the New York 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