View all Articles

New York Minimum Wage and Salary Levels Set to Increase on December 31 for Upstate Workers

New York has released updated minimum wage rates and salary levels workers in upstate New York.

Minimum Wage Increase

Updated minimum wage rates which will go into effect on December 31, 2022 as follows:

  • NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties), and Westchester County will remain at $15/hour
  • Remainder of the state – $14.20/hour

New York established a tiered schedule of minimum wage increases in 2016, with the goal of eventually raising the wage to $15 an hour ($10 tipped wage) across the state.

Minimum wage rates also differ based on industry such as fast-food workers and home care aides. Additional information on the state’s minimum wage is available from the New York Department of Labor.

Salary Level Increase

The increased salary level (for the executive and administrative exemptions) for upstate workers has been proposed and is expected to go into effect on December 31, 2022 as follows:

  • NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties), and Westchester County will remain at $1125/week
  • Remainder of the state – $1064.25/week

It should be noted that the salary level for professional and computer employees follows federal law.

Next Steps for Employers

Employers should prepare to adjust their payroll practices and procedures to ensure compliance with these new rates by the end of the year, including reviewing their compensation levels and making necessary changes by December 31, 2022.

Updates might result in increasing an employee’s hourly wage or salary or reclassifying exempt employees to non-exempt if they will no longer meet the exemption salary requirement. To comply with the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act, updated pay notices may need to be provided to employees who are being reclassified as non-exempt.

HR Works, headquartered in Upstate New York, is a human resource management outsourcing and consulting firm serving clients throughout the United States for over thirty years. HR Works provides scalable strategic human resource management and consulting services, including: affirmative action programs; benefits administration outsourcing; HRIS self-service technology; full-time, part-time and interim on-site HR managers; HR audits; legally reviewed employee handbooks and supervisor manuals; talent management and recruiting services; and training of managers and HR professionals.