The state’s minimum wage will increase to $11.00 per hour in New York City (to $10.50 in small businesses with fewer than 10 employees); to $10 in cities just outside the metropolitan area, including Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties; and to $9.70 throughout the rest of the state.
The state’s minimum wage increase is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to raise the statewide wage to $15 per hour, which lawmakers approved in April.
New York City is slated to reach $15 at the fastest rate, by 2018, while Suffolk, Nassau, and Westchester counties will receive the $15 per hour phase-in by 2020.
The rest of the state will reach $12.50 during the same period of time.
Upstate, the wage will gradually increase to $15 per hour, with the amounts of each increase based on a state wage formula.
Wages in the fast-food industry will increase at a faster rate, with New York City’s fast-food wage increase scheduled to reach $15 by 2018, and the wage increase in the rest of the state to reach $15 by 2021.
Businesses have continued to oppose the increase; however, the state has said it will re-evaluate the phase-in by 2019, based upon fluctuations in the state’s economy.