Long Island & Westchester Counties, New York Local Minimum Wage for 2020, 2021
While New York's state minimum wage is $12.50 per hour, Long Island & Westchester Counties has set its own, higher minimum wage rate that applies to employees of all companies who work within Long Island & Westchester Counties. A minimum wage increase is currently scheduled in Long Island & Westchester Counties, but until the effective date of 12/31/2021 the state minimum wage rate of $12.50 will apply.
Because Long Island & Westchester Counties has a higher minimum wage rate than the one set by New York or the Federal government, the higher local minimum wage rate takes precedence and must be paid to all employees covered by the local minimum wage regulation.
Keep in mind that New York and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act both define various minimum wage exemptions and other labor laws that may apply to employees in Long Island & Westchester Counties. You can find more information about New York's minimum wage and labor laws on this site.
Long Island & Westchester Counties Minimum Wage Increase
Long Island & Westchester Counties has a scheduled increase to the minimum wage from $14.00 to $15.00 per hour, which will take effect on December 31st, 2021. The increase will raise Long Island & Westchester Counties' minimum wage by $1.00 per hour.
Other Local Minimum Wage Rates in New York
In addition to Long Island & Westchester Counties, there are other localities in New York that have passed municipal minimum wage legislation. The following is a table of other New York localities with established minimum wage laws.
|Locality||Applies To||Minimum Wage||Comparison to State|
|New York City||all employees. This is the year both large and small employers pay the same minimum wage.||$15.00||+$2.50|
|Fast Food (Hospitality industry)||$15.00||+$2.50|
|New York State (Remainder)||All employees||$12.50||Same|