Half of all US states are raising the minimum wage this year
If the minimum wage had increased in line with productivity, every working American would be earning at least $26 an hour. This might sound like a pipe dream when you consider that five US states still don't offer a minimum wage at all.
But with President Biden's Executive Order 14026 now in force, which will raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour from January, this year has rung in major changes.
By the end of 2022, more than 80 jurisdictions will have raised the minimum wage for non-federal employees too, of which around 50 will pay all workers $15 or more. Read on to discover how state-imposed minimum wages vary across the US, and see how your state compares to the rest of the country.