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How minimum wage has changed since 2008

Updated on January 22, 2019

In the news yesterday there was an article about San Francisco becoming the frist U.S. City to top $10 minimum wage. (read story to the right)

Minimum wage is the lowest hourly, daily or monthly remuneration that employers may legally pay to workers.

When I first started working back in 1998-ish minimum wage was only $5.25 an hour! Life back then was a lot easier though and prices of life weren't as high as they are now. Today the minimum wage in the same state is up to $7.25 an hour.

So how much has it changed since 2008 (a time where things were harder), lets take a look at some states:

Tennessee had the lowest minimum wage in 2008 at $5.58 an hour. Washington State had the highest minimum wage in 2008 at $8.07 an hour. That's a big difference! Most the rest of the states in 2008 were around the $6.50 mark, some being higher or lower but most staying around $6.50.

In 2010 Tennessee had went up to $7.25 which made it the same as most other states in this same year. Minnesota became the lowest minimum wage at $6.15 an hour while Oregon made the top of the list at $8.40 an hour.

So what is going to happen in 2012? Well, as far as State minimum wages go, Minnesota will still be the lowest state at $6.15 an hour. Their minimum wage has not gone up since before 2008. Washington State will be the highest state at $9.04 an hour which is up $0.97 since 2008. Most of the states are topping out at $7.25 an hour for their minimum wage in 2012.

Nevada is the only state that is still to be determined for 2012 but their minimum wage has gone from $6.85 in 2008 to $8.25 in 2011. That's $1.40 differance, maybe it will keep going up.

Interested in what minimum wage is in your state? Check out the link below

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    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I have babysat many times and I couldn't imagine doing it for 50 cents an hour. Wow, what a differance time makes!

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      grayareas 

      7 years ago from Sanford, North Carolina

      Yeah, that was 1967. My job was in a "dime store" during the Christmas season. That was not much money, but it was better than babysitting which was 50 cents an hour. You call me if you come to Sanford. 919-498-5218

      Keep writing, you're good.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      oh wow, $1.25 an hour, that's NUTS! But I suppose if the wage was that low then the price of life must have been a lot lower too :) I couldn't imagine making that much now, it wouldn't be possible!!! Thanks for the kind words. If I'm ever up that way, lunch would be nice.

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      grayareas 

      7 years ago from Sanford, North Carolina

      Cassy, this is a thoughtful article. You are a smart young woman. Wish I could meet you. If you ever come to Sanford I'll take you to lunch. By the way, when I took my first job, the minimum wage was $1.25. I have a scrawl in the back of my Spanish dictionary from high school: "Minimum wage sucks! $1.25 an hour don't cut it."

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR

      CassyLu1981 

      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I know people trying to make it on the minimum wage of a few different states. It's hard for them and their families but somehow they make it work. Thanks for checking out my hub!

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      mljdgulley354 

      7 years ago

      Cassie this was a great informative hub. I don't think most of us really think about the minimum wage. But I have to wonder for those that are only making that small of a wage, how they are making ends meet.

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