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Minimum Wage Picture Changes in New England

January 3, 2018
The minimum wage picture across New England changed again on January 1. Three states - Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont - marked the start of the year with increases in their minimum wage. Based on the changes, the minimum wage map across New England now looks like this:
  • Massachusetts remains the highest at $11 per hour (last increase was January 1, 2017).
  • Vermont is now second at $10.50 per hour, following a $.50 increase (no more scheduled increases pending).
  • Connecticut and Rhode Island are tied for third at $10.10 per hour (no more scheduled increases pending in Connecticut, one more scheduled increase in Rhode Island to $10.50 on  January 1, 2019).
  • Maine is next at $10, following a $1 increase. (Due to two more scheduled $1 increases, Maine will increase its minimum wage to $12 per hour on January 1, 2020).
  • New Hampshire remains the only New England state that ties its minimum wage rate to the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.
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