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Understanding minimum wages in America

Working is a part of life in the United States, but earning enough to live comfortably isn't always easy. In the United States, there is a national minimum wage, which helps guarantee a wage people can survive on.

The point of the national minimum wage is to make sure that all people are paid a minimum amount when on the job. The states have the opportunity to create a higher minimum wage, but no states can pay less than the national minimum.

What is the national minimum wage in 2018?

As of 2018, the national minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. There are many states that pay more than $7.25 per hour as a minimum and two with minimum wages below federal rates. In states below the federal rate, employers must pay the $7.25 per hour, even though the state has not approved that much per hour.

What is the minimum wage in Florida?

The minimum wage in Florida is $8.25 per hour, a dollar more than the federal minimum wage. Interestingly, Florida changes its minimum wage each year based on a set formula. For example, if the cost of living increases significantly, Florida might change the minimum wage to $9.25 to $10 per hour; however, it depends on that year's circumstances.

When you're working, there are only a few exceptions that allow employers to pay less than minimum wage. It's best to know how you'll be paid and the reasoning behind it, so you know if you're being paid appropriately. If not, you may be able to sue your employer for your missing wages.

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