Raising the Minimum Wage to $15
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour statewide was a major priority of former Governor Cuomo's 2016 Built to Lead Agenda. The Governor's plan takes the needs of workers and businesses alike into account.
On December 31, 2018, the third wage increase went into effect, enacting the $15 minimum wage for workers in New York City employed by businesses with 11 or more employees.
The wage increases are calibrated by industry and by region in order to provide businesses ample time to adjust. Additional information is available for tipped, fast food and other workers not covered by the general wage.
Information for Workers
Find out more information about the statewide minimum wage increases and what to expect.
Information for Businesses
Find out how the statewide minimum wage increase will impact your business and learn about your responsibilities as an employer.
Minimum Wage Increase
The statewide $15 minimum wage will lift the earnings of about a quarter of the state’s total workforce and result in $15.7 billion of direct economic gains.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 restores a promise of fairness.