What Is the Minimum Wage in Florida State?
2019 Minimum Wage in Florida: $8.46 per hour
The minimum wage in Florida, $8.46 per hour, is higher than the federal minimum wage. This is only for non-exempt workers, as exempt or salary workers are paid a flat rate instead of per hour. There are also exemptions for minimum wage in line with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
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Tipped: $8.46 per hour
The minimum tipped wage in Florida is $5.44 per hour, which does not include the amount provided by tips. There is a $3.02 tip credit. In total, a tipped employee will receive no less than $8.46 per hour. This is higher than what is required by the FLSA, and meets the state general minimum wage.
This weekly $338.40 assumes a typical 40-hour work week at the $8.46 per hour rate, but doesn’t take into account an individual’s income tax withholdings.
The annual estimate assumes a typical 52-week per-year, 40-hour per-week position at the $8.46 per hour rate, but again, does not account for any withholding, so the actual take-home pay will be lower for minimum wage workers. Additionally, the actual number may be different due to a worker not working full time or taking unpaid time off; this amount also does not include any holiday pay.
This assumes the federal rate of 1.5 times the state minimum wage, $8.46.
Florida Minimum Wage Increase News
Florida’s minimum wage is tied to the Consumer Price Index, which is designed to rise along with inflation, thanks to a 2004 state amendment. The state minimum wage is re-evaluated each year. In 2018, the minimum wage was $8.25. This was increased by 2.59 percent, or $0.21, to the current minimum wage of $8.46 as of January 1, 2019.
While there are initiatives to raise the minimum wage to $15 over 5 years, nothing has been presented for a vote.
An ordinance in the city of Miami Beach was blocked in the Florida Supreme Court on Feb. 5, 2019. The city disagreed with the state’s mandate that no municipalities can have their own minimum wage.
The ordinance would have raised the minimum wage in the city to $13.31 by Jan. 1, 2021, with an initial increase to $10.31 beginning on Jan. 1, 2019. The ruling does not prevent other municipalities from attempting to raise local minimum wage, but with a precedent set in Miami Beach, it is likely that the state minimum wage will remain in place across the state.
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This post was updated June 5, 2019. It was originally published March 26, 2019.