Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded New York workers and businesses that minimum wages across the State will increase on December 31, 2019, and reminded employers to update their required minimum wage informational posters. 

With this monumental increase in the minimum wage, New York is continuing to lead the way to restoring economic justice for working families,” Governor Cuomo saidIn 2016 we set an example for the rest of the nation to follow by raising the minimum wage to $15, and this year we are continuing to move forward with this successful plan that is bringing real change for New York’s families and paying dividends across the entire state.” 

The New York State Department of Labor has established a hotline (1-888-4-NYSDOL) where minimum wage workers can call to report any employers who do not comply with the phase-in schedule. 

On December 31, 2019, the general minimum wage rates will increase to:

LOCATION

NEW MINIMUM WAGE EFFECTIVE 12/31/19

2019 MINIMUM WAGE

NYC – Small Employers (10 or less)

$15.00

$13.50

Long Island and Westchester

$13.00

$12.00

Remainder of State

$11.80

$11.10

*In NYC, for Large Employers (11 or more), the minimum wage will remain at $15.00 per hour

On December 31, 2019, the minimum wage rates for fast-food workers will increase to:

LOCATION

NEW MINIMUM WAGE EFFECTIVE 12/31/19

2019 MINIMUM WAGE

Outside of NYC

$13.75

$12.75

*In NYC, the minimum wage will remain at $15.00 per hour

General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule

Location

12/31/16

12/31/17

12/31/18

12/31/19

12/31/20

2021*

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

Remainder of New York State Workers

$9.70

$10.40

$11.10

$11.80

$12.50

*

The minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works, their industry, and, in some cases, the size of their employer’s business. To help inform businesses and employees, the New York State Department of Labor has several tools available on its website: www.labor.ny.gov/minimumwage.

  • Minimum Wage FAQs that answer many of the most common questions
  • The Minimum Wage Lookup tool lets employees check the minimum cash wage they must be paid by their employers
  • The Minimum Wage Information Request Form lets employees ask additional questions that are not already answered on the Department’s website and allows organizations to request a live presentation or webinar about the scheduled increases

More information is available at www.ny.gov/minimumwage