On 4/4/2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the 2016 to 2017 New York State Budget, which includes a gradual increase in the minimum wage to ultimately $15 per hour.  The effective dates of the minimum wage rates depend on where the employee works and the size of the employer.  The chart below summarizes the scheduled minimum wage increases.


Employee Location Employer Size Effective Date Minimum Wage Rate
New York City 11+ employees 12/31/2016 $11.00
12/31/2017 $13.00
12/31/2018 $15.00
10 or less employees 12/31/2016 $10.50
12/31/2017 $12.00
12/31/2018 $13.50
12/31/2019 $15.00
Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties All employers 12/31/2016 $10.00
12/31/2017 $11.00
12/31/2018 $12.00
12/31/2019 $13.00
12/31/2020 $14.00
12/31/2021 $15.00
Remainder of NY State All employers 12/31/2016 $9.70
12/31/2017 $10.40
12/31/2018 $11.10
12/31/2019 $11.80
12/31/2020 $12.50
The minimum wage will continue to increase to $15.00 on an indexed schedule to be set by the Director of the Division of Budget and the Department of Labor.


Additional Information

To access the text of the law, please refer to Part K of the 2016 to 2017 New York State Budget.


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Bonnie Mangels – Bonnie is the Corporate Counsel and Senior Compliance Manager for Sequoia. When not inundated in paperwork and legal briefs, her interests include arts and crafts, bunnies, and the Bay Area.