What Was Colorado’s Minimum Wage When You Started Your First Job?
Western Colorado workers could see a minimum wage of $12 by 2020. What was the minimum wage in Colorado when you started your first job?
I don't mean to brag, but my first legitimate job paid better than minimum wage. Back in 1986, my teenage friends were envious of the fact I was raking in a whopping $3.70 an hour. In 1986, the federal minimum hourly pay rate stood at $3.35 an hour.
Last Thursday, the Secretary of State certified a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage. This fall, voters will decide whether Colorado workers will receive gradual minimum wage hikes through the year 2020.
At present, Colorado's minimum wage is $8.31 an hour. According to KKCO 11 News, the ballot measure would increase the minimum wage to $9.30 an hour by next year. The minimum wage would then increase each year in increments of 90 cents per hour until reaching $12 an hour in 2020.
So what's the deal with state minimum wage rates versus those set by the Federal Government? According to work.chron.com, "Each state's labor department administers state minimum wage policies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, where both federal and state minimum wage laws apply, an employer must pay the employee at the higher rate."
Check out the options below. It lists Colorado's minimum wage rates over the last 33 years. Which one of these glorious wages did you encounter at your first job?