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US States With The Highest Minimum Wage In 2023 [Infographic]

Written by: Aditya Rana

Sep 13, 2023

US States With Highest Minimum Wage

When it comes to minimum wage, not all states are created equal.

In 2023, over 20 states updated minimum wage laws to reflect changes in the actual cost of living, with Washington emerging as the state with the highest minimum wage in the US.

In fact, some states now require employers to pay more than double the federally legislated rate of $7.25/hr set way back in 2009.

To help organizations stay up-to-date on the latest minimum wage requirements and provide a visual overview of which states pay their residents the most, I’ve combed through the data to give you the hard facts.

As of July 2023, here are the states with the highest minimum wage in the US:

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Connecticut
  5. New York
  6. Oregon
  7. New Jersey
  8. Arizona
  9. Maine
  10. Colorado
US states with the highest minimum wage

10 states with the highest minimum wage

Let’s look at the minimum wage of each state in detail:


With the exception of the District of Columbia, residents of Washington state earn the highest minimum wage at $15.74/hr.


California has established a statewide minimum wage of $15.50/hr, but you’ll be entitled to more than that in cities like Los Angeles as cities are allowed to set a higher minimum wage to reflect costs.


Massachusetts raised its state minimum wage to $15/hr, but for businesses with tipped employees (defined as employees who receive more than $20 a month in tips), the rate is $6.75/hr.


Connecticut’s minimum wage rose to $15/hr in 2023 for adults. Meanwhile, employees aged 16-18 are entitled to 85% or $12.75/hr.

New York

New York has capped its minimum wage at $14.20/hr. However, like California, you may get more depending on your jurisdiction. For example, residents of New York City are entitled to $15/hr.

US states with highest minimum wage


Like many other states, Oregon has also established different levels of minimum wage. The standard rate is $14.20, but you may get more or less depending if you work in an urban or rural setting.

New Jersey

New Jersey increased its minimum wage to $14.13/hr in 2013, with further increases expected in 2024 to meet a legislative goal of $15/hr.


The current minimum wage in Arizona is $13.85/hr. It was raised from $12.80/hr on Jan 1, 2023. 


The minimum wage in Maine is $13.80/hr, but it is likely to increase again to $15 in 2024. 


Colorado’s minimum wage rate in 2023 is $13.65/hr. This is a $1.09 increase in the hourly minimum wage rate from 2022. 

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About Aditya Rana

Adi is a word slinger and loves to fiddle around with SaaS. When not living online, you'll find him outside in nature with a book.