Six Major Cities with Highest Minimum Wage

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In June, Seattle passed a law to create the highest minimum wage in the country, at $15 an hour.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is reportedly considering a plan to increase the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $13.25 an hour by 2017. If it comes to pass, Angelenos will be in good company: More and more cities (not to mention states) are passing measures that go well beyond the federal minimum wage, which has been set at $7.25 an hour since 2009.   

Last year, for example, Washington, D.C., approved a minimum wage increase that will climb to $11.50 an hour by 2016. In June, Seattle set a record high in the U.S. by passing a law that will phase in a $15-an-hour wage over the next seven years. San Diego passed its own wage increase on Aug. 18 (though opponents are still trying to mount a challenge).

Based largely on data maintained by the National Employment Law Project (and a bit of additional info from the Seattle mayor’s office), here’s a map of the six major cities that have enacted laws to create some of the highest minimum wages in the country: 

seattle minimum wage map Sources: Seattle Mayor’s Office; National Employment Law Project

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