VA Minimum Wage to Increase on Jan. 1

Date: December 13, 2021

Virginia’s minimum wage will automatically increase again on Jan. 1.

The first increase went into effect May 1, going from $7.25 an hour to $9.50. It will increase to $11 an hour on Jan. 1.

The next increase will be Jan. 1, 2023, when the hourly wage will increase another dollar to $12 an hour. The state minimum wage will then freeze for at least two years but will climb to $13.50 on Jan. 1, 2025, then $15 an hour on Jan. 1, 2026, as long as the General Assembly approves the additional increases by July 1, 2024.

The vote on whether to approve the additional increases will depend in large part on the results of a joint review on the feasibility of implementing a regional minimum wage structure in the commonwealth. The feasibility review is due by Dec. 1, 2023.

Additional details on the wage increase is available from the Virginia Department of Labor here and here

There is a training wage of 75% of the Virginia minimum wage for an employee’s first 90 days while enrolled in an established employer on-the-job or other training programs that meet the standards set by regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Labor. You can learn more about what is an appropriate training program from the Department of Labor here.

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