New York State Minimum Wage Just Went Up!

New York State workers should check their pay stubs for the minimum wage increase that went into effect on December 31st, 2018. The majority of workers upstate should now be making $11.10/hour.

For “Fast Food” workers minimum wage is now $12.75/hour. Fast food businesses are establishments with more than 30 locations serving primarily food and drink without table service. More information on “What is Fast Food Establishment” and workers new hourly wage can be found here.

Tipped workers still make a “sub-minimum” wage ($7.50/hr) because they get tips. In 2018, the New York State Department of Labor held hearings, at which the TCWC testified, following Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate the tip credit. The Governor is expected to make an announcement imminently about what changes will occur. More information on eliminating the “tip credit” is available here.

If you have questions about the minimum wage or if you or someone you know isn’t being paid correctly feel free to reach out through the Workers’ Rights Hotline @ 607-269-0409 or email

The Tompkins County Workers Center is committed to our campaign to Make the Minimum Wage a Living Wage. Living Wage is $15.11 in Tompkins County. Become a Member today to help us build worker power toward fair wages and working condition for all of us. If you’re able, make a donation to support our work.