TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey’s minimum hourly wage will go up by $1 to $12 per hour, for most employees, on Jan 1, per the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Increases are less if you are a small employer or operate a seasonal business, which increases to $11.10, while employees who work on a farm for an hourly or piece-rate wage will see their minimum hourly wage increase to $10.44, both rising from $10.30.

In Feb 2019, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law that incrementally increases the minimum hourly wage to $15 (by 2024) for most employees, but gives seasonal, small and agricultural employers more time to reach the new minimum threshold. Cash wage for tipped workers increases to $4.13.

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The New Jersey Wage and Hour Law, as amended in 2019, requires the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to revise the minimum hourly wage rates annually by either the amount specified in the law, or by an amount based on any increase from the prior year in the Consumer Price Index, whichever is higher. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development regulations require the department to publish notice of the new minimum hourly wage rates on its website by Sept 30 and that the notice later be published in the New Jersey Register.

Businesses should check with their accountants or payroll services on what increases should be applied. For more information, see the wage chart or go directly to the Department of Labor and Workforce website here.


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