State Minimum Wage

A state minimum wage of at least $10.00 per hour is an effective state policy to promote greater economic security for families with young children. Higher state minimum wages increase parents’ earnings and families’ incomes with minimal or no adverse effects on employment. Higher state minimum wages also reduce parental stress, improve birth outcomes, and enhance children’s health and development.

This Policy Lever Checklist contains a list of considerations for state leaders to help maximize the effectiveness of a policy for both minimum wages and wages for specific populations. The checklist also underscores the implications of these policy choices and their collective impact on equity and economic security for families in their state.

This checklist covers the following components of a state minimum wage program:

  • Indexing
  • Scheduled increases
  • Local preemption
  • Considerations for special populations including:
    • Tipped workers
    • Workers with disabilities
    • Additional populations


State Policy Lever Checklist: State Minimum Wage (PDF)