Minimum Hourly Wage to Rise Jan. 1

The minimum hourly wage for Long Island workers will rise to $16 effective Jan. 1.

Workers in New York City and Westchester County will see the same increase. Elsewhere in the state, the minimum is $15 per hour.

The increase from $15 on Long Island will be indexed to inflation starting in 2027.  After the initial increase, the minimum wage will increase by $0.50 in 2025 and 2026.

“In the face of steadily rising costs and inflation, this historic plan to overhaul New York’s minimum wage will ensure that the wages of those hit hardest by the affordability crisis – including women, single mothers, and people of color – keep pace with the cost of living,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “This is a win for workers and for businesses: indexing the minimum wage to inflation will help hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers maintain their purchasing power, contribute to the state economy, and support our small business community.”

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