NJ Minimum Wage  

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020, New Jersey's hourly minimum wage is $11 (up from $10) for most employers, and $10.30 (up from $8.85) for seasonal employers who work from May 1 to Sept. 30 (or employers who in the previous year received at least 2/3 of their gross receipts in a period of no more than 16 weeks or for which at least 75% of wages were paid in a single calendar quarter), small employers with fewer than six employees, and agricultural employers.

The state's hourly minimum wage is subsequently to rise as follows:

• Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2021, to $12 for most employers, to $11.10 for seasonal employers and small employers, and is to remain $10.30 for agricultural employers.

• Jan. 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022, to $13 for most employers, to $11.90 for seasonal employers and small employers, and is to rise to $10.90 for agricultural employers.

• Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2023, to $14 for most employers, to $12.70 for seasonal employers and small employers, and is to rise to $11.70 for agricultural employers.

• Jan. 1, 2024, through Dec. 31, 2024, to $15 for most employers, to $13.50 for seasonal employers and small employers, and is to rise to $12.50 for agricultural employers.

• Jan. 1, 2025, the hourly minimum wage rate for most employers is to be adjusted for inflation, and the hourly minimum wage is to rise to $14.30 for seasonal employers and small employers. The hourly minimum wage is to rise to $13.40 for agricultural employers, if the Department of Agriculture and Department of Labor and Workforce Development allow. The departments' recommendation is subject to legislative approval. If the department's cannot agree on a recommendation, the governor is to nominate a tie-breaker.

• Jan. 1, 2026, the hourly minimum wage rate for most employers is to be adjusted for inflation, the hourly minimum wage is to rise to $15 for seasonal employers and small employers. The hourly minimum wage is to rise to $14.20 for agricultural employers, if the Department of Agriculture and Department of Labor and Workforce Development allow. The department's recommendation is subject to legislative approval. If the department's cannot agree on a recommendation, the governor is to nominate a tie-breaker.

• Jan. 1, 2027, the hourly minimum wage rate for most employers, seasonal employers, and small employers is to be adjusted for inflation. The hourly minimum wage is to rise to $15 for agricultural employers, if the Department of Agriculture and Department of Labor and Workforce Development allow. The department's recommendation is subject to legislative approval. If the department's cannot agree on a recommendation, the governor is to nominate a tie-breaker.

Established employer on-the-job or other training programs that, when completed by employees results in the employees earning an industry-valued credential or in the employees receiving credit that may be directly applied toward earning such a credential.

Note: Effective Nov. 1, 2020, New Jersey direct-care workers employed by long-term health-care facilities are to receive an hourly minimum wage that is at least $3 higher than the state's minimum wage. Direct-care workers include licensed practical nurses and certified nursing aides.

 

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