Minimum wage workers get raise for new year

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ALBANY – Minimum wage workers in New York, except for those in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, began receiving an increase of one dollar per hour on December 31, 2022.  The new minimum wage is $14.20 per hour.  Fast food workers are in a distinct category and make $15 per hour statewide and will not receive a mandated increase.  Minimum wage earners in NYC, Long Island, and Westchester already make $15 an hour and will not receive a boost.

Restaurant workers, such as wait staff are considered “tipped” workers, and their hourly rate fluctuates depending on the region where they work.

In 2016 the state created a structured schedule that periodically raises the minimum wage, seeking to create a $15 per hour minimum wage statewide.  The annual raise to the minimum wage is based on markers such as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation.  The New York State Division of Budget is tasked with determining the amount of the annual increase.