New York State's Minimum Wage

New York State's Minimum Wage

New York State's Minimum Wage

New York State's Minimum Wage

The statewide $15 minimum wage was enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget. The plan takes the needs of workers and businesses alike into account.

As of December 31, 2016, the first in a series of wage increases went into effect. Rates differ based on region and industry because the increases are calibrated to provide businesses ample time to adjust.

General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule
NYC - Big Employers (of 11 or more)$11.00$13.00$15.00 $16.00
NYC - Small Employers (10 or less)$10.50$12.00$13.50$15.00 $16.00
Long Island & Westchester$10.00$11.00$12.00$13.00$14.00$15.00 $16.00
Remainder of New York State Workers$9.70$10.40$11.10$11.80$12.50$13.20$14.20*$15.00

*Future increases will be based on an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of the Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor following an annual review of the impact.

Calculate Your Wage

Calculate Your Wage


Use our interactive web tool to help you determine the minimum cash wage to be paid to you by your employer.

Frequently Asked Questions

File a Complaint

File a Complaint

For additional assistance or to file a complaint, call 1-888-4NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365).

Download a claim form for unpaid wages, unpaid wage supplements, or mandatory overtime complaints.

Please mail all completed claim forms to:

New York State Department of Labor
Division of Labor Standards
Bldg. 12, Rm. 266B,
State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12240

Business Responsibilities Under the Law

Business Responsibilities Under the Law

Minimum wage rates differ based on industry and region. Rates will increase each year until they reach $15.00 per hour.

  • Fast food industry workers in NYC - $16.00
  • Fast food industry workers outside NYC - $15.00
  • Long Island & Westchester County - $16.00
  • All NYC employers - $16.00
  • Tipped workers - rates vary by region. See Wage Order Summary.
  • Remainder of New York State - $15.00

These rates are in effect from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024. View minimum wage rates through 2022.

Enforcement of Minimum Wage Laws

New York State Department of Labor helps collect underpayments for workers who have not received the minimum wage. Often, funds are collected 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 underpayments and liquidated damages, PLUS
  • Interest and civil penalties up to 200% of the unpaid wages

Educational Seminars

The Division of Labor Standards offers free educational seminars to employers doing business in New York State.

What's in it for you?

  • Each year Labor Standards responds to thousands of employee complaints of unpaid wages and benefits, illegal employment of children, meal period violations and more.
  • The New York State labor law can be very complicated, and it is easy for employers to make a mistake. Many honorable employers are found to owe back wages and penalties that turn out to be quite costly.
  • A Division of Labor Standards Educational Seminar may help an employer avoid the cost and inconvenience of a Labor Standards Investigation. The seminar is designed to teach employers how to avoid being in violation of labor laws.
  • While the labor law covers all areas/types of employment, we can tailor an Educational Seminar to the industry of those attending.
  • We can design a seminar for a specific company, allowing the company to include the seminar in scheduled corporate training sessions for managers or company meetings at a specific location.
  • The Division of Labor Standards will provide Educational Seminar information in brochures, booklets and PowerPoint presentations at no cost to an employer.

For more information on Educational Seminars please call: 518-457-9000.

Request Information and Documents

Request Information and Documents

Download posters and updated summaries listing rates for all industries on NYS Department of Labor’s Wage Orders page.

You can also learn more about employment laws, known as labor standards, governing minimum wage, hours of work, child labor, payment of wages and wage supplements, industrial homework, apparel industry registration, registration of Professional Employer Organizations, farm labor and much more on DOL’s website.

Contact the Department of Labor

Still have questions? Please call 1-888-4NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365).