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Minimum Wage: 6 Facts About New Hampshire's Minimum Wage

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 03:25 PM

New Hampshire’s minimum wage matches the federal minimum wage at $7.25 per hour. The Granite State is one of 21 states that have this hourly rate in place. The tipped minimum wage is $3.27 per hour, and many tipped employees would like to see that number increase.

According to New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, increasing the minimum wage to $9 per hour would make a big difference to hourly wage earners.

“It would improve economic security for nearly 76,000 workers across the Granite State. The vast majority of those workers — 72 percent — are adults aged 20 or older. Most — 59 percent — are women and most work at least half-time. Roughly 21,000 children in the state have a mother or father who would experience a pay raise from a higher minimum wage.”

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Here are six other facts about New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

1. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage dictates.

2. New Hampshire lawmakers currently have no plan in place to increase the state’s minimum wage, which is set to remain at $7.25 through 2018, according to Raise The Minimum Wage.

3. For a full-time minimum wage worker in New Hampshire, they will earn $15,080 per year, which is slightly above the poverty line of $14,570 per year for a family of two.

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For new employees under 20 years old, New Hampshire businesses can pay $4.25 per hour during the first 90 days of that worker’s employment. This is because this time is called a “training period.”

5. A separate student minimum wage also exists in the state for workers that are attending high school or college full-time. This rate currently must equate to 85 percent of the state’s minimum wage, which brings the total student minimum wage per hour to $6.16 in 2015.

6. New Hampshire’s overtime rate is 1.5 times more than the state’s minimum wage. As of 2016, that meant New Hampshire hourly wage workers who worked more than 40 hours in a week were entitled to be paid $10.88 per hour over 40 hours.

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