Edison, NJ — As of January 1st, 2020, New Jersey’s new minimum wage is set at $11 per hour for most employers.

    Governor Phil Murphy signed the bill to gradually increase the state minimum wage in February 2019. As of July 1st, 2019, New Jersey’s minimum wage began its steady increase toward the $15 per hour mark. On July 1st, 2019, The minimum wage increased from $8.85 per hour to $10 per hour for most employers and will continue to increase by $1 per hour on the first day of every year until it reaches $15 per hour in 2024. The increase on January 1, 2020, was the second increase since the bill was signed in 2019.

    The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has created an official chart for the public to see the transition of the minimum wage rate increasing as time goes on. The chart shown below depicts the increasing rate at various future calendar dates and shows the progression from where the minimum wage was at the beginning of 2019 to where it is currently as of January 1st, 2020. The chart also shows details on the increase in wages over time for seasonal & small employers, agricultural employers, and the cash wage given to workers who work on tips.

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“Raising the minimum wage is a great step in growing New Jersey's economy. When workers have more income, they have more to spend on goods and services that let our communities thrive. I'm pleased that this increase is being phased in so it isn't a shock to small businesses across the state.” Stated Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak, a resident of Edison who represents New Jersey’s 18th Legislative District.