AZ MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES! Hourlies and Business Owners Listen Up!
On October 13th, 2011, the Industrial Commission of Arizona bumped up the minimum wage by $.30 to $7.65/hour starting on Jan 1, 2011. Tipped employees, who make $3 below the standard minimum wage, will also receive the raise. For a full-time wage worker, that is $624 more next year.
This is partially due to fact that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the year-to-year cost of living for all urban areas went up 3.8% from August 2010. With the upcoming change in minimum wage, AZ will be above the federal rate of $7.25/hour. Enjoy it or hate it, it is going in effect starting 2012!