Date: Oct 28, 2014
Arizona Industrial Commission Sets New Minimum Wage Level for 2015

At a meeting held on October 16, the Arizona Industrial Commission calculated that Arizona’s new minimum wage would rise $0.15 cents from $7.90 to $8.05 on January 1, 2015.  The new wage will remain in effect for calendar year 2015 and will make Arizona’s minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for 2015. 

Each year, the minimum wage is adjusted for inflation based on the Raise the Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act, a 2006 voter-passed initiative that links the minimum wage to increases in the cost of living.  The cost of living is based on the federal Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, U.S. City Average for all items during the 12 months ending each August 31 (CPI-U). The CPI-U is a national index covering the cost of goods and services. The CPI-U increased 1.7 percent comparing August 2013 to August 2014.

 For additional information on the 2006 initiative, Arizona’s minimum wage, and employer’s obligations you can visit the Industrial Commission’s website.

WG Staff Contact

AnnaMarie Knorr
Manager, Arizona Government Affairs

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