Nineteen states and the District have minimum wages higher than the federal government’s $7.25-an-hour rate, and a hike to $11.50 would put the District’s wage at the top, as shown below. But the city’s rate would not be the highest among local governments. That ranking belongs to SeaTac, the suburban home to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport where voters approved a $15 minimum wage in November.
States and municipalities across the country have been raising their minimum wages in light of a stalled federal effort. And fast-food workers in 100 cities are planning a coordinated strike on Thursday to call for a rate hike. Lawmakers in four states — California, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island — have passed bills that will raise the minimum wage in 2014, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. And voters in New Jersey voted to do the same in November.