I’m working for the Minimum Wage and I heard it’s going up in 2017. Is this true?

  • Good News: The Answer is YES. The New York State minimum wage is Going Up.

How much is it going up by?

  • It Depends on i) Where you Work ii) the Size of the Business You Work For and iii) the Kind of Business You Work in. If you Work in NYC at a business that has 11 Employees or More, your minimum wage generally went up to $11.00 per hour as of the beginning of 2017.

What if there are less than 11 employees where I work?

  • Generally, as long as you work in New York City, your minimum wage cannot be less than $10.50 in 2017.

What if I work in a fast food restaurant?

  • Lucky You – Your Minimum Wage just went up to $12.00 in the City, and $11.75 in the rest of the state. Remember though, that this only applies to fast food chains that have at least 30 restaurants associated with the same brand.

What if I don’t work in New York City?

  • In the surrounding suburbs, (Nassau,Suffolk and Westchester), the minimum wage went up to $10.00 per hour in 2017.

What if I don’t work in any of the places listed above?

  • The minimum wage in the rest of New York State went up to $9.70.

How long will these minimum wages stay the same?

  • Good News again – All of them are going up every year for a while.


I get tips. Did my minimum wage for food service workers (restaurant house pay) go up for 2017?

  • No. It is still $7.50, but will be going up next year.

If you think your boss isn’t paying you the legal minimum wage you’re entitled to, your labor rights may have been violated. If you think so, the employment lawyers at The Law Offices of William Cafaro. Everyone deserves a fair wage, and we’re glad to help you get what you deserve.