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Florida’s minimum wage goes to $8.65 in January

But it will jump to $10 in September 2021.
Kinoy Miller prepares food at the Love Life Cafe on Oct. 29 in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami.
Kinoy Miller prepares food at the Love Life Cafe on Oct. 29 in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. [ LYNNE SLADKY | AP ]
Published Dec. 21, 2020

Florida’s minimum wage will inch up to $8.65 on Jan. 1 before jumping to $10 on Sept. 30.

The minimum wage has been $8.56 this year but will increase nine cents in January because of a 2004 constitutional amendment that tied increases to cost-of-living changes. The minimum wage for tipped workers will be 5.63 an hour as of Jan. 1.

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The overall minimum wage, however, will accelerate in September because of a constitutional amendment that was approved last month to eventually set the wage at $15 an hour. The wage will go to $10 on Sept. 30 and incrementally increase each year until reaching $15 on Sept. 30, 2026.