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Where Does Hawaii's Minimum Wage Rank Nationally?

By    |   Friday, 22 Jan 2016 04:00 PM

The current minimum wage in Hawaii is $7.75 per hour, which is 50 cents above the federal minimum wage. But this wage is rising annually in Hawaii, and will continue to do so until it reaches $10.10, which is the new mandated minimum wage the state legislature signed into law in 2014.

Hawaii was one of the first three states to meet President Barack Obama's challenge of a nationwide minimum wage increase to $10.10, which is an hourly rate that is considered more of a living wage than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.

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This is especially true in Hawaii, where the cost of living is much higher than on the mainland because nearly all goods need to be shipped to the chain of islands in the South Pacific. As a result, to live comfortably in a city like Honolulu, a wage of $14.66 per hour is necessary for a single adult and at least $28.14 per hour is needed for an adult and one child, according to a living wage calculator created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

When it comes to statewide national minimum wage numbers, Hawaii currently ranks squarely in the middle of the road with about half the states having lower wages and the other half having higher ones. While its rate of $7.75 is higher than in states like Georgia, Idaho, and Indiana among others, which all pay only the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, it is also lower than states mostly found in the West and Northeast, where the minimum wage can be as high as $10.50 per hour.

This rate is found in Washington, D.C., which currently has the country's highest statewide minimum wage. (Some cities in other states like Seattle and Santa Fe have higher minimum wages, but for purposes of comparison, we are only looking at statewide minimum wage rates here).

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The current minimum wage in Hawaii is $7.75 per hour, which is 50 cents above the federal minimum wage. But this wage is rising annually in Hawaii, and will continue to do so until it reaches $10.10, which is the new mandated minimum wage the state legislature signed into law in 2014.
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