A minimum wage is the lowest hourly, daily or monthly salary that employers may legally pay to workers. In the U.S., there exists two forms of minimum wage; one by federal word, and another by individual state law. Oftentimes, the two are different. When such a case occurs, a worker is entitled to the higher of the two wages.
The history of the minimum wage law in America begins in the early 1900s, when sweatshops’ abuse of workers was incredibly rampant. Minimum wages, amongst a slew of other newly made labor laws, were created to combat the dark conditions of sweatshops, where employees would work for low wages under terrible conditions. Over time, the concept of minimum wage expanded to help more people become more self sufficient.
In the U.S.A, the minimum wage varies in each state, despite the official federal minimum wage. For example, the current federal minimum wage is set at $7.25, whereas Illinois offers $8.25. Some states base their minimum wage upon the federal’s; in Alaska, the minimum wage is placed 50 cents above the federal minimum, placing it at $7.75. In addition, jobs that involve money from tips may have a lower minimum wage.
Your state’s minimum wage and other details can be found here. It must also be shown on any labor law posters posted in a workplace.