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2022 Minimum Wage and Salary Threshold Changes by State and Locality

25 states are raising their minimum wage in 2022. Additionally, 5 states are increasing the minimum salary requirement for overtime exemption on January 1, 2022. To ensure your organization is aware of the latest minimum wage requirements, please check out our breakdown by state and locality. 

MINIMUM WAGE UPDATES

State

2021 Minimum Wage

2022 Minimum Wage

Locality Minimum Wages

Alabama 

$7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) 

$7.25

Alaska 

$10.34 

$10.34

Arizona 

$12.15 

$12.80

Flagstaff: $12.80 per hour: This is a $0.65 increase from the 2021 rate of $12.15 per hour. Note that there are special rules for tipped employees, who may be paid up to $3.00 per hour less than the minimum wage if the employee receives at least the minimum wage for all hours worked.

Tucson: $13 per hour, effective 4/1/2022

Arkansas 

$11.00 

$11.00

California  

$14.00* 

$15.00*

California also has the following new local minimum wages:

Alameda: $15.00 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022)

Belmont: $16.20 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on January 1, 2022)

Berkeley: $16.32 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022)

Burlingame: $15.60

Cupertino: $16.40 

Daly City: $15.53 

East Palo Alto: $15.60

El Cerrito: $16.37

Emeryville: $17.13 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022) (businesses located outside Emeryville that contract with the city and perform their services outside the city must comply with the living wage rate, which is $16.97)

Fremont: $15.00 for small employers; $16.00 for large employers (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022)

Half Moon Bay: $15.56 for large employers, $14.52 for small employers

Hayward: $15.56

Los Altos: $16.40

Los Angeles — City: $15.00 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022)

Los Angeles — County: $15.00

Malibu: $15.00 

Menlo Park: $15.25 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on January 1, 2022)

Milpitas: $15.65 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022)

Mountain View: $17.10 

Novato: $15.77 for very large businesses (100 or more employees), $15.53 for large businesses (26 to 99 employees), and $15.00 for small employers (25 or fewer employees)

Oakland: $15.06 

Palo Alto: $16.45

Pasadena: $15.00 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022)

Petaluma: $15.85 

Redwood City: $16.20

Richmond: $15.54 

San Carlos: $15.77

San Diego: $15.00 

San Francisco: $16.32 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022)

San Jose: $16.20

San Leandro: $15.00 

San Mateo: $16.20 

Santa Clara: $16.40 (effective 1/1/2021)

Santa Monica: $15.00 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022)

Santa Rosa: $15.85 (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on July 1, 2022)

Sonoma: $16.00 for large employers (26 or more employees) and $15.00 for small employers (25 or fewer employees)

South San Francisco: $15.80

Sunnyvale: $17.10 (effective 1/1/22)

Colorado 

$12.32 

$12.56

Denver: $15.87 per hour, up $1.10 from the 2021 rate of $14.77 per hour

Connecticut 

$13.00

$14.00 (effective 7/1/2022)

Delaware 

$9.25 

$10.50

Washington D.C. 

$15.20 

$15.20

Florida 

$10.00

$11.00 (effective 9/30/2022)

Georgia 

$5.15 (Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage) 

$5.15 (Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage) 

Hawaii 

$10.10 

$10.10

Idaho 

$7.25 

$7.25

Illinois 

$11.00 

$12.00

Chicago: $15.00 per hour (employers with 21 or more employees); $14.00 per hour for smaller employees; tipped employees must be paid at least $9.00 per hour for larger employers and $8.40 for smaller employers. A new rate increase will be announced and be effective on July 1, 2022. The increase for larger employers has yet to be announced because it is tied to the CPI, but the rate for smaller employers will jump to $14.50.

Cook County: $13.00 per hour; $7.20 per hour for tipped employees

Indiana 

$7.25 

$7.25

Iowa 

$7.25 

$7.25

Kansas 

$7.25 

$7.25

Kentucky 

$7.25 

$7.25

Louisiana 

$7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) 

$7.25 (Federal, no state minimum)

Maine 

$12.15 

$12.75

Portland: $13.00 per hour; $6.50 per hour for tipped employees

Maryland 

$11.75** 

$12.50**

Montgomery County: $15.00 + CPI increase for large employers (51 or more employees) as of July 1, 2022; $14.50 for midsized employers (11 to 50 employees) as of July 1, 2022; $14.00 for small employers (10 or fewer employees) as of July 1, 2022

Massachusetts 

$13.50 

$14.25

Michigan 

$9.65

$9.87

Minnesota 

$10.08*** 

$10.33***

Minneapolis: As of July 1, 2022, $15.00 per hour (up from $14.25) for employers with 100 or more employees and $13.50 per hour (up from $12.50) for employers with fewer than 100 employees

Saint Paul: As of July 1, 2022, $15.00 per hour (up from $12.50) for employers with more than 10,001 employees, $13.50 per hour (up from $12.50) for employers with between 101 and 10,000 employees, $12.00 per hour (up from $11.00) for employers with between 6 and 100 employees, and $10.75 per hour (up from $10.00) for employers with 5 or fewer employees

Mississippi 

$7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) 

$7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) 

Missouri 

$10.30 

$11.15

Montana 

$8.75 

$9.20

Nebraska 

$9.00 

$9.00

Nevada 

$8.75

$9.50**** (effective 7/1/2022)

New Hampshire 

$7.25 

$7.25

New Jersey 

$12.00***** 

$13.00*****

New Mexico 

$10.50 

$11.50

Albuquerque: $11.50 for employees without medica/childcare benefits, $10.50 for employees with medical/childcare benefits, and $6.90 for tipped workers, effective 1/1/2022.

Bernalillo County: $11.50 per hour

Las Cruces: $11.50 per hour for nontipped employees and $4.60 per hour for tipped employees

Santa Fe – City: $12.31 per hour for nontipped employees. Workers who “customarily receive” more than $100 per month in tips must still receive the minimum hourly wage in the City, so if they aren’t earning enough in tips the employer must pay them enough to make up the difference.  

Santa Fe – County: $12.32 per hour for nontipped employees and $3.69 per hour for tipped employees (a new CPI adjustment will be announced and become effective on March 1, 2022)

New York 

$12.50****** 

$13.20****** (effective 12/31/21)

Airport employees: $18.00 (up from $17.00)

Fast food workers regardless of location: $15.00 (up from $14.50)

Long Island and Westchester: $15.00 (up from $14.00)

North Carolina 

$7.25 

$7.25

North Dakota 

$7.25 

$7.25

Ohio 

$8.80 

$9.30

Oklahoma 

$7.25 

$7.25

Oregon 

$12.75

$13.50******* (effective 7/1/22)

Metro Portland area: $14.75 per hour (up from $14.00) on July 1, 2022

Rural areas: $12.50 per hour (up from $12.00) on July 1, 2022

Pennsylvania 

$7.25 

$7.25

Rhode Island 

$11.50 

$12.25

South Carolina 

$7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) 

$7.25

South Dakota 

$9.45 

$9.95

Tennessee 

$7.25 (Federal, no state minimum) 

$7.25

Texas 

$7.25 

$7.25

Utah 

$7.25 

$7.25

Vermont 

$11.75 

$12.55

Virginia 

$9.50

$11.00

Washington 

$13.69 

$14.49

Seattle: $17.27 per hour (up from $16.69) for employers with more than 500 employees and for employers with fewer than 500 employees that don’t pay for benefits and $15.75 per hour for employers with 500 or fewer employees that pay tips and benefits (up from $15.00 per hour).

West Virginia 

$8.75 

$8.75

Wisconsin 

$7.25 

$7.25

Wyoming 

$5.15 (Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage) 

$5.15 (Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the $7.25 Federal minimum wage) 

SALARY UPDATES

The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers pay most employees at least the federal minimum wage for each hour worked as well as overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek.

Many states have their own salary and duties tests for determining whether an employee is exempt from overtime under state rules. In many cases, the state criteria are harder to meet than the federal criteria.

Changes for 2022:

Five states are increasing the minimum salary requirement for overtime exemption on January 1, 2022. The changes are summarized below:

California:

To qualify for the administrative, professional, and executive exemptions in California, employees must meet certain salary and duties tests and must be paid at least twice the state minimum hourly wage based on a 40-hour week. The state’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on January 1, 2022 and varies based on employer size. As a result, employers with 26 or more employees must pay a salary of at least $1,200 per week beginning January 1, 2022 to qualify for the exemption. Employers with fewer than 26 employees must pay a salary of at least $1,120 in 2022 to qualify for the exemption.

Computer software employees may be paid on an hourly or a salary basis in order to qualify for exemption from California’s overtime requirements. Beginning January 1, 2022, these employees must earn at least:

  • $50 per hour (for all hours worked); or
  • A monthly salary of $8,679.16; and
  • An annual salary of $104,149.81.

Colorado:

In Colorado, employees must meet certain salary and duties tests to qualify for exemption. As a result of the Colorado Overtime & Minimum Pay Standards Order, the minimum salary required to qualify for the executive/supervisor, administrative, and professional exemptions under state law increases to $865.38 per week on January 1, 2022.

Under the state’s exemption for highly technical computer employees, the employee may be paid by salary (at least $865.38 per week in 2022) or by the hour (under a state proposal, the minimum hourly rate would be $28.92 in 2022).

Note: In Colorado, an exempt employee’s salary generally must also be sufficient to satisfy the minimum wage for all hours worked in a workweek. Employers may want to consult legal counsel about how this rule may impact them.

Maine:

To be classified as exempt from overtime under state law, administrative, professional, and executive employees must satisfy certain salary and duties tests and receive a salary that exceeds 3000 times the state minimum wage. Due to an increase in the state’s minimum wage, the minimum salary required for the administrative, professional, and executive exemptions from overtime under state law will increase to $735.59 per week on January 1, 2022.

New York (December 31, 2021):

To be classified as exempt from New York’s overtime requirements, executive and administrative employees must meet minimum salary requirements and satisfy certain duties tests. For these two exemptions, the state generally sets the minimum salary requirement at 75 times the state minimum wage, which differs based on the region of the state. On December 31, 2021, the minimum wage is increasing in every region except New York City. As a result, the minimum salary required for the executive and administrative exemptions will increase on December 31, 2021 as follows:

  • Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties: $1,125 per week
  • Remainder of the State (Except New York City): $990 per week (proposed—a final decision is expected soon)

Note: There is also a professional exemption under state law. For the professional exemption, employees must satisfy certain duties tests, but there is no minimum salary requirement under state law. Federal law establishes a minimum salary of $684 per week for the professional exemption. Employers seeking to classify employees as exempt from overtime should ensure employees meet both federal and state exemption criteria.

Washington:

In Washington, employees must satisfy certain salary and duties tests to be classified as exempt from overtime under state law. In 2022, employees in Washington must earn a salary of at least 1.75 times the minimum wage for a 40-hour workweek to qualify for exemption. The state’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on January 1, 2022. As a result, the minimum salary required for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions from overtime under state law increases to $1,014.30 per week on January 1, 2022.

Employers in Washington may pay computer professionals by the hour (if at least $50.72 per hour in 2022) or on a salary basis (if at least $1014.30 per week in 2022) for those employees to qualify for an overtime exemption.

The Focus HR team will be reaching out to all of our clients to go over these changes and how they may be impacted, but if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us

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