Florida minimum wage now $10 per hour -- and more increases are coming

Tiered increases to bring minimum wage to $15 by 2026
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Posted at 3:24 PM, Sep 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-30 15:24:50-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Minimum-wage employees in Florida will now get paid more to work.

Florida's minimum wage increased Thursday from $8.65 to $10 per hour -- the largest percentage increase in the state's history.

The new minimum wage is the first of a tiered increase approved by voters last year.

A constitutional amendment passed last November calls for the state's minimum wage to increase by $1 every year starting in 2022 until it reaches $15 an hour by Sept. 30, 2026.

After that, increases would be "adjusted annually for inflation" starting Sept. 30, 2027.

Florida is the latest state to adopt a $15 minimum wage, joining California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Massachusetts.

Supporters say it is a necessary living-wage increase, while opponents argue it will lead to a reduced workforce and increased prices passed onto consumers.