West Virginia is one of 45 states that have enacted minimum wage laws. West Virginia minimum wage laws apply to businesses with 6 or more employees. While the current minimum wage in West Virginia is equal to the Federal minimum wage rate of $7.25, changes are underway.
In April 2014, West Virginia Governor Earl Tomblin signed a law that will raise the minimum wage in West Virginia to $8.00, effective January 1, 2015. A second increase will occur on January 1, 2016, at which point the West Virginia minimum wage will rise to $8.75 per hour.
According to data from the 2012 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 26,000 minimum wage workers in West Virginia, representing 5.70 percent of the hourly workforce.
Please realize that the West Virginia minimum wages cited above may have changed since we posted this minimum wage information. State minimum wages can change because new laws are enacted or because old laws contained scheduled increases. You should also be aware that state law often exempts particular company types, occupations and industries. To get the latest minimum wages for West Virginia, visit www.dol.gov.
Last Updated: June 27, 2014.
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