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Which States Have the Highest Minimum Wage in America?

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Which States Have the Highest Minimum Wage in America?

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

This year, 22 states are raising their minimum wage, impacting almost 10 million workers across the country.

Many states raise the minimum wage each year to adjust to a cost of living index, while others have raised the pay floor for delivery drivers and fast-food workers. Today, the federal minimum wage stands at $7.25, a rate that has remained the same for 15 years.

This graphic shows the states with the highest minimum wage in America, based on data from Bloomberg Law.

The Highest Minimum Wages, by State

Here are the states with the highest minimum wage as of January 1, 2024:

RankStateMinimum Wage
1District of Columbia1$17.00
2Washington$16.28
3California$16.00
4Connecticut$15.69
5New Jersey2$15.13
6Maryland$15.00
7New York3$15.00
8Massachusettes$15.00
9Colorado$14.42
10Arizona$14.35
11Oregon4$14.20
12Maine$14.15
U.S. Federal Mandate$7.25

1District of Columbia: Indexes hourly minimum wage rate to inflation
2New Jersey: Seasonal/small employer with five employees or less= $13.90, agricultural employers= $12.81, long term care facility direct care staff= $18.13
3New York: New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties= $16.00
4Oregon: Indexes hourly minimum wage rate to inflation. Nonurban counties= $13.20, Portland metro= $15.45

The District of Columbia has the highest minimum wage in the country, at $17 an hour.

Next in line is Washington state, where the minimum wage was raised to $16.28 an hour at the start of the year, up from $15.74. Both jurisdictions tie their minimum wage increases to inflation, along with several of the states on this list such as New York, Colorado, and Arizona.

With the largest planned increase nationally, Hawaii is raising its minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2028. Currently, the minimum wage stands at $14 an hour in the Aloha State.

As we can see, many of the top states have minimum wages that are more than double the federal minimum wage, which has declined in real value for many years. For context, the real value of the federal minimum wage hit a peak in 1970, where it would be worth $12.61 today.

California’s New Fast-Food Wage Hike

Fast-food workers in California recently received a pay bump after a new law raised the minimum wage to $20 an hour, $4 more than the state’s minimum wage.

In response, Pizza Hut announced it was laying off over 1,200 delivery drivers, while McDonalds said that it would increase prices in California due to higher wage costs. Other chain operators are reducing hours, while El Pollo Loco plans to automate part of how it makes salsa.

Affecting half a million workers at 33,000 restaurants, the law applies to chains with 60 or more locations across the country, making it the highest minimum wage in America.

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Ranked: The Countries Receiving the Most Remittances From Abroad

The top 10 countries by money received from abroad have seen a major shift through the years. Only three have stayed put.

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A cropped chart with the top countries by money received from abroad, in current U.S. dollars, based on 2000-2023 data from Knomad.

The Countries Receiving the Most Remittances From Abroad

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

We chart the top countries by money received from abroad, in current U.S. dollars, based on 2000-2023 data from Knomad.

Specifically, these transfer totals shown represent personal remittances, or money sent between residents and non-residents, including personal transfers and compensation for work done abroad. It does not include, and is separate from, foreign investment.

Top 10 Countries by Personal Remittances Received (2000-2023)

The Indian diaspora—measuring nearly 18 million people—collectively sent more than $125 billion back to the country in 2023. In fact, India became the first country to ever receive more than $100 billion in personal remittances in 2022.

Top Countries Receiving
Money From Abroad
2000 Top Countries Receiving
Money From Abroad
2023e
🇮🇳 India$13B🇮🇳 India$125B
🇫🇷 France$9B🇲🇽 Mexico$67B
🇲🇽 Mexico$8B🇨🇳 China$50B
🇵🇭 Philippines$7B🇵🇭 Philippines$40B
🇬🇧 UK$5B🇫🇷 France$34B
🇹🇷 Türkiye$5B🇵🇰 Pakistan$24B
🇰🇷 South Korea$5B🇪🇬 Egypt$24B
🇺🇸 U.S.$4B🇧🇩 Bangladesh$23B
🇵🇹 Portugal$4B🇳🇬 Nigeria$21B
🇩🇪 Germany$4B🇬🇹 Guatemala$20B

Note: 2023 figures are estimates. All numbers rounded.

For context, India’s remittances received adds to more than the next two countries, Mexico ($67 billion) and China ($50 billion) combined.

Meanwhile, over the last two decades, the top 10 has seen a major shift. Countries from Europe have fallen out, replaced by Asian and African countries with big diaspora communities.

And the countries they’ve replaced—France, UK, Germany—are now some of the top destinations for immigration, from where remittances are usually sent.

The UN states that at least one in nine people globally are supported by funds received from abroad, and half of the amount ends up in rural areas, where some of the world’s poorest people live. This also makes remittances three times more important than international aid.

On a global scale, personal inbound remittances have risen seven times between 2000 and 2023.

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