Minimum wage 2009 standards were set at $7.25. Between the years 2007 and 2009, there was a consistent and notable increase in the national minimum wage. This resulted from amendments that were made to the Federal Labor Standards Act, which implemented an rise in minimum wage rates over a specified period of time. As a result of these amendments, the minimum wage increased in increments over a three year period.
In 2009, the federal minimum wage reached $7.25. Following this increase, the amendments expired. No further amendments have been made to the FLSA since the latest minimum wage increase in 2009, and therefore, minimum wage 2010 standards have remained the same. In 2010, the national minimum wage remains $7.25 for each hour that an individual works.
Just as the federal minimum wage 2010 standards did not increase, many of the state specified minimum wages remained the same. For example, Washington and Oregon are both known for setting minimum wages higher than the national standard. These states frequently increase the specified minimum wage rates.
However, in 2010, neither Washington or Oregon increased their minimum wages. Washington maintained a minimum wage of $8.55 per hour, while Oregon kept its minimum wage at $8.40 per hour. Connecticut is another state that usually maintains a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum wage. In 2010, Connecticut increased its state minimum wage from $8.00 per hour to $8.25 per hour.