Q. What is the minimum wage for North Carolina employees? Is it different than the federal minimum wage?
A. The present minimum wage for most North Carolina employees is $6.15 per hour. Effective Jan. 1, 2007, the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act was amended to raise the minimum wage in North Carolina to $6.15 per hour or the federal minimum wage, whichever is higher. At present, the federal minimum wage is $5.85 per hour, which, of course, is lower than $6.15 per hour.
However, the federal minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $6.55 per hour on July 24, 2008, and to $7.25 per hour on July 24, 2009. Unless the state raises its minimum before those dates, the federal wage will prevail.