As of January 1, 10 states increased their minimum wages by between 10 cents and 35 cents per hour. Analysts expect these boosts in minimum wage to affect more than 1 million workers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Rhode Island is the only state where an increase was made by choice by the governor; the other states' increases were part of required annual increases to adjust for inflation.
In addition to the minimum wage going up, many pay scales that are derived using the minimum wage as a base will also increase.
With this latest round of increases, there are now 19 states (plus Washington, DC) that have minimum wage laws that exceed the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. States may pass legislation above the federal minimum but can't have a minimum wage below that. At the federal minimum, a full-time worker would earn $15,000 per year. Most minimum wage earners, however, are either part-time workers, students or members of a household with multiple income earners.