Hawaii lawmakers reached an agreement Friday to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018, according to the National Employment Law Project.
This will make Hawaii the third state after Connecticut and Maryland to raise its minimum wage to $10.10/hour this year. A final concurrence vote in the state House and Senate will take place on Tuesday before the bill is sent to Governor Abercrombie for his signature.
As of Jan 1, 2014, the federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour. Twenty-one states and D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. Four states, Wyoming, Minnesota, Arkansas, and Georgia, have lower minimum wages below the federal wage floor. Currently, Massachusetts has a minimum wage of $8/hour.