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History of the Hourly Minimum Wage

New York State's Minimum Wage is $8.00
Prior to 1962, state minimum wage rates varied from industry to industry.
October 15, 1962 Increased from $1.00 to $1.15
October 15, 1964 Increased from $1.15 to $1.25
January 1, 1967 Increased from $1.25 to $1.50
February 1, 1968 Increased from $1.50 to $1.60
July 1, 1970 Increased from $1.60 to $1.85
May 1, 1974 Increased from $1.85 to $2.00
January 1, 1975 Increased from $2.00 to $2.10
January 1, 1976 Increased from $2.10 to $2.30
October 6, 1978 Increased from $2.30 to $2.65
January 1, 1979 Increased from $2.65 to $2.90
January 1, 1980 Increased from $2.90 to $3.10
January 1, 1981 Increased from $3.10 to $3.35
April 1, 1990 Increased from $3.35 to $3.80
April 1, 1991 Increased from $3.80 to $4.25
March 31, 2000 Increased from $4.25 to $5.15
January 1, 2005 Increased from $5.15 to $6.00
January 1, 2006 Increased from $6.00 to $6.75
January 1, 2007 Increased from $6.75 to $7.15
July 24, 2009 Increased from $7.15 to $7.25
December 31, 2013* Increased from $7.25 to $8.00

*The state's minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $8.75 per hour on December 31, 2014, and to $9.00 on December 31, 2015.

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