Minimum Wage in NYC Increases to $11

Workers in New York City will see the minimum wage increase to $11 today as part of a plan by Governor Andrew Cuomo to increase wages for 2.1 million New Yorkers..

The campaign marks the first benchmark of the phase-in schedule for the minimum wage increase, which will ultimately reach $15 an hour and impact more than 2 million workers in all industries across the state.

The increase to $11 is only for employers with 11 employees or more. Employers with 10 employees or less will have to pay $10.50 an hour.

For businesses in Long Island and Westchester counties, the minimum age is $10 an hour. For all other areas of New York state, the minimum wage is $9.70 an hour.

“No one who works full-time should be condemned to a life of poverty and that’s why New York took action to raise the wage and provide the opportunity of a decent life to millions of hard working New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we reach this milestone for a more fair and a more just New York, we are reminding workers they are owed a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and this administration will work to ensure they receive the wage increase to which they are entitled.”

$15 Minimum Wage Phase-in

The $15 minimum wage legislation was passed as part of the 2016-17 state budget, and marks a major accomplishment in the Governor’s efforts to restore economic justice and fairness to working families in New York State. The phase-in schedule on a regional basis is as follows:

  • For workers in New York City employed by large businesses (those with at least 11 employees), the minimum wage will rise to $11 at the end of 2016, then another $2 each year after, reaching $15 on 12/31/2018.
  • For workers in New York City employed by small businesses (those with 10 employees or fewer), the minimum wage will rise to $10.50 by the end of 2016, then another $1.50 each year after, reaching $15 on 12/31/2019
  • For workers in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, the minimum wage will increase to $10 at the end of 2016, then $1 each year after, reaching $15 on 12/31/2021.
  • For workers in the rest of the state, the minimum wage will increase to $9.70 at the end of 2016, then another .70 each year after until reaching $12.50 on 12/31/2020 – after which the minimum wage will continue to increase to $15 on an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor.

It is estimated that more than 2 million people will be affected by the increases in the minimum wage. A regional breakdown of the number of workers earning below $15 is available below:

Region Total Earning Below $15
Capital Region 134,319
Central NY 91,790
Finger Lakes 154,765
Hudson Valley 261,452
Long Island 355,514
Mohawk Valley 50,929
North Country 40,387
Southern Tier 71,888
Western NY 174,101
New York City 861,895
Total 2,197,040