Senate Approves Increase in State Minimum Wage

Harrisburg – Legislation that would raise the state minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by 2022 was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, according to Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24), who supported the bill.

Senate Bill 79 represents a compromise package that will phase in increases to the current $7.25 minimum wage rate incrementally as follows:

  • July 1, 2020: $8.00
  • January 1, 2021: $8.50
  • July 1, 2021: $9.00
  • January 1, 2022: $9.50

The federal minimum wage was last increased to $7.25 an hour in 2009. Pennsylvania is one of 21 states with a minimum wage set at the federal minimum. Twenty-nine states, including Pennsylvania’s neighboring states, have higher minimum wages.

“This compromise represents a sound approach to raising the minimum wage in a manner that recognizes the time that has passed since the previous increase, but doing so responsibly so as not to eliminate the entry-level jobs currently available to those who need them,” Mensch said.

CONTACT: Mark Fetzko, mfetzko@pasen.gov, 717-787-3110