The minimum wage will increase next month in all regions of New York State, except for the Big Apple, where it has already reached the limit of $ 15 an hour.
The minimum hourly wage will increase from $ 11.80 to $ 12.50 effective December 31, 2020 in all regions of the state except New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.
That increase of 70 cents an hour means an additional $ 28 per week in the salary of a person who works full time and receives the minimum wage.
In addition, Long Island and Westchester County will see their minimum wage increase from $ 13 to $ 14 an hour starting December 31. That means $ 40 more per week for a person who works full time.
New York City will see no change in its minimum wage, which is already $ 15 an hour. Businesses with 11 or more workers must pay a minimum of $ 15 per hour as of December 31, 2018. And those businesses with 10 or fewer workers must pay a minimum of $ 15 per hour as of December 31, 2019.
Long Island and Westchester should hit $ 15 an hour by the end of 2021.
But it’s not yet clear when the low will rise to $ 15 in the upstate area. Starting in October 2021, the Labor Commissioner will determine the annual increases in that region, this based on economic and consumer price indices.
The staggered state calendar for minimum wage increases was established by the Legislature in 2016, with the goal of raising the wage to $ 15 an hour statewide.
However, there are different rates for fast food and tipped workers.
In the following table you can find more information.
The state has created an online tool to help workers determine their salary.The tool takes into account the date, location of employment and tips an employee receives.