Syracuse, N.Y. — The minimum wage is set to rise in all parts of New York State outside of New York City next month.

The minimum hourly wage will rise to $12.50 from $11.80 on Dec. 31, 2020 everywhere outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. That 70-cent an hour raise will mean an extra $28 a week in the paycheck of a person working a full-time job paying minimum wage.

Long Island and Westchester County will see their minimum wage rise to $14 from $13 an hour on Dec. 31. That will mean an extra $40 a week for a person working full-time in a minimum wage job.

New York City will see no change in its minimum wage, which already stands at $15 an hour. (Employers in New York City with 11 or more workers have been required to pay a minimum of $15 an hour since Dec. 31, 2018. Employers in New York City with 10 or fewer workers have been required to pay a minimum of $15 an hour since Dec. 31, 2019.)

Long Island and Westchester are scheduled to go to $15 an hour at the end of 2021.

But it is not clear when the rate will rise to $15 in the Upstate area. Starting in 2021, annual increases in Upstate New York will be determined by the commissioner of labor on or before Oct. 1, based on economic indices, including the Consumer Price Index.

The state’s tiered schedule for minimum wage increases was established by the Legislature in 2016, with the goal of eventually raising the wage to $15 an hour everywhere in the state.

Lawmakers decided to raise the rate to $15 sooner in the downstate area because of the higher cost of living there.

There are different rates for fast-food and tipped workers. The table below summaries the state’s entire minimum wage schedule:

New York State minimum wage schedule

New York State’s minimum wage schedule.

The state has created an online tool to help workers quickly determine their minimum wage. The tool takes into account the date, location of employment and any tips an employee receives.

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