Alabama Minimum Wage Increase 2009

The overwhelming majority of Alabama employers were affected by the federal minimum wage increase in July, 2009.


Although there is no Alabama minimum wage, most employers in the state are covered by the federal minimum wage.


On July 24, 2009 the federal minimum wage increased by 70 cents from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour.


This is not the first increase for Alabama employers. The federal minimum wage increased from $5.15 to $5.85 per hour in 2007 and from $5.85 to $6.55 in 2008.


At present, the federal minimum wage in not scheduled to increase again in 2010. This could be good new for employers which are facing hard times in the current struggling economy.


Alabama is one of five states that have no minimum wage at the state level. Others include Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.


In addition, effective July 24, 2009 there are 8 states that have a minimum wage lower than the federal rate. They are Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alaska and Delaware.


In just two years, Alaska has gone from having one of the highest state minimum wages to having one of the lowest rates.


Seventeen other states increased the state minimum wage to match the federal minimum wage increase on July 24, 2009. They are: Florida, Missouri, Montana, Continue reading