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Starting Saturday, $9.50 an hour is Virginia’s minimum wage

Marks a 31% increase from current minimum wage of $7.25

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ROANOKE, Va. – Virginia will move one step closer to a $15 minimum wage on Saturday.

The law passed nearly one year ago moves up the state’s minimum wage to $9.50/hour, a 31% increase from the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour.

Virginia’s minimum wage will now start incrementally increasing on the following schedule:

  • Jan. 1, 2022 - $11/hour
  • Jan. 1, 2023 - $12/hour
  • Jan. 1, 2025 - $13.50/hour
  • Jan. 1, 2026 - $15/hour

Originally, the law was going to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021; however, Gov. Ralph Northam amended the bill, which was approved by the General Assembly and then signed by him, which delayed the start to May 1, 2021.


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