20 states pay the federal minimum hourly wage of $7.25
Lowest: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Highest: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Washington pay $14–$15.
(Cities and districts can set their own minimums. A number of cities have minimum wages that are higher than their state’s.)
Tipped wages, such as those earned by servers in restaurants, can be even lower — 16 states pay the federal minimum tipped wage of $2.13 per hour.
The U.S. federal minimum wage has not been raised in 13 years.