Most New Jersey business owners are already aware that employers have been on a trajectory towards a $15.00 an hour minimum wage rate, with a $1.00 increase scheduled for each January 1st. On September 20, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Labor announced that the minimum wage rate scheduled to go into effect for January 1, 2023 will be slightly adjusted to account for inflation.
What is the New NJ Minimum Wage Rate?
As of January 1, the statewide minimum wage for most employees will be $14.13 per hour. This is a $1.13 increase from 2022’s minimum wage of $13.00 per hour. This is also a raise from the anticipated 2023 minimum wage rate of $14.00 per hour.
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Exceptions for NJ Minimum Wage
Seasonal and small businesses (fewer than 6 employees) will see their minimum wage increase to $12.93/hour on January 1, 2023, up from $11.90.
The rate for agriculture workers will see a raise in minimum hourly wage from to $12.01, up from $11.05. Agricultural employers were given until 2027 to reach the $15.00 per hour wage rate to help lessen the impact on their businesses.
Tipped workers’ cash wage will increase to $5.26/hour, with employers able to claim an $8.87 tip credit, an increase in the maximum allowable tip credit of $1.00.
Most employees have minimum wage protection under state law. There are exceptions, such as automobile salespersons, outside salespersons, and minors under the age of 18, except for minors working in retail, food service, the first processing of farm products, beauty culture occupations, laundry, cleaning and dyeing occupations, light manufacturing and apparel occupations, and hotel and motel occupations.
Back in early 2019, Governor Murphy signed into law a bill that would institute a phase-in schedule of moderate increments to raise the statewide minimum wage from $8.85 per hour in 2019 to $15.00 per hour by 2024 (2026 for seasonal and very small businesses; 2027 for agriculture).
While the rates for 2019-2027 were published ahead of time, the state law allowed flexibility in event of significant changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which did occur in 2022. Once the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour, the state Constitution specifies that it will continue to increase annually based on any increase in the CPI.
The federal minimum wage remains $7.25 per hour.
Summary of 2023 New Jersey Minimum Wage Rates
|Type of Workforce||New Rate for 2023||Original Rate for 2023||Current Rate for 2022|
|Seasonal and Small Business||$12.93||12.70||11.90|
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