As of December 31, 2015, New York State's minimum wage is $9.00 per hour. Posters and summaries listing rates for all industries are available on our forms page. If you have questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions listed below. If you need additional assistance or want to file a complaint, please call: 1-888-4NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365).
The Minimum Wage rates are scheduled to increase each year on 12/31 until they reach $15.00 per hour. Employers must post a Minimum Wage Information poster in their establishment.
|NYC - Big Employers (of 11 or more)||$11.00||$13.00||$15.00|
|NYC - Small Employers (10 or less)||$10.50||$12.00||$13.50||$15.00|
|Long Island & Westchester||$10.00||$11.00||$12.00||$13.00||$14.00||$15.00|
|Greater New York State||$9.70||$10.40||$11.10||$11.80||$12.50||*|
* Annual increases for the rest of the state will continue until the rate reaches $15 minimum wage (and $10 tipped wage). Starting 2021, the annual increases will be published by the Commissioner of Labor on or before October 1. They will be based on percentage increases determined by the Director of the Division of Budget, based on economic indices, including the Consumer Price Index.
Minimum Wage Act
The Minimum Wage Act (Article 19 of the New York State Labor Law) requires that all employees in New York State receive at least $9.00 per hour. This includes domestic workers.
Regulations known as 'Wage Orders' (see details below) set certain requirements that are industry specific. The rates contained in these Wage Orders may differ from the general Minimum Wage rate.
For more information on the fast food industry, tipped workers, or minimum wage, please refer to the Wage Orders listed below.
The Minimum Wage Order for Farm Workers applies only to farm workers employed on farms where the total cash remuneration paid all persons employed on the farm exceeded $3,000 in the previous calendar year.
The Minimum Wage Order for Farm Workers provides that all workers, with certain exceptions, must be paid at least $9.00 per hour. This does not include members of the employer's immediate family.
The wage order permits employers to deduct specified allowances from the minimum wage for:
Payments in kind must cost no more than the farm market value.
Employers must post these items in a conspicuous place in their establishment:
Enforcement of Minimum Wage Laws
We help collect underpayments for workers who have not received the minimum wage. Often, we collect the funds without resorting to court action.
However, an employer that violates the Minimum Wage Law is subject to criminal prosecution and penalties. Action may also be taken in civil court.
The Commissioner of Labor may require an employer to pay:
Minimum Wage for Employees Covered by Federal Law
Employees covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act remain covered by the New York State minimum wage orders, including their supplemental wage provisions. Employers must comply with the State and with the Federal law, which may result in a higher minimum wage. In all cases, the higher wages apply.
The Division of Labor Standards offers free educational seminars to employers doing business in New York State.
What's in it for me?
For more information on Educational Seminars please call: 518-457-9000
Fact Sheet: Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers (P716)
Fact Sheet: Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers (P717)
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