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What is the minimum wage in New Hampshire?

The minimum wage in New Hampshire is $7.25 per hour. This is the same as the federal minimum wage. There are no state or local minimum wages that are higher than the federal minimum wage.

The minimum wage in New Hampshire has not been increased since 2009. This means that the minimum wage has lost purchasing power over time. In 2009, the minimum wage could buy about 10% more goods and services than it can today.

The low minimum wage in New Hampshire has a number of negative consequences. It makes it difficult for low-wage workers to make ends meet. It also contributes to poverty and inequality.

There have been calls to increase the minimum wage in New Hampshire. However, there is some opposition to increasing the minimum wage. Some businesses argue that increasing the minimum wage would lead to job losses.

The debate over the minimum wage is likely to continue in New Hampshire. However, the fact remains that the current minimum wage is not enough to support a family on its own. If the minimum wage is not increased, more and more families will struggle to make ends meet.

Here are some additional facts about the minimum wage in New Hampshire:

  • The minimum wage was first established in New Hampshire in 1968.
  • The minimum wage has been increased 13 times since it was first established.
  • The minimum wage is not indexed to inflation, so it does not automatically increase each year with the cost of living.
  • There are a number of exemptions to the minimum wage law, including tipped workers, student workers, and workers with disabilities.

The minimum wage is an important issue for many people in New Hampshire. It is a matter of fairness, economic security, and quality of life. The debate over the minimum wage is likely to continue for many years to come, but it is an issue that deserves our attention.


What is the average wage in New Hampshire?

The average wage in New Hampshire is $22.96 per hour, or $47,756 per year. This is significantly higher than the minimum wage, and reflects the fact that many workers in the state earn more than the minimum wage.

Wages aren’t everything!

While pay is one of the main factors that hourly employees consider when choosing to join (or stay at) a company, it’s not the end all be all. Research shows that advancement opportunities, supportive management, and schedule flexibility are all incredibly important as well.

Want to learn more about this trend? We dive deep into the data behind which perks and benefits matter most to hourly workers. Check out our full conversation with expert Sara Wasserteil of Cara Collective.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between gross wages and net wages?

It's important to remember that the Hourly Wage Index data above reflects gross wages, or the amount of money an employee earns before accounting for payroll deductions like taxes, benefits, or wage garnishments. Due to variability in tax rates across locations, slightly lower gross wages in a certain location might result in higher take home pay, or vice versa.

What is a good hourly wage?

This question is a difficult one to answer, as a "good hourly wage" is highly subjective according to experience, work responsibilities, cost of living, and other factors. We recommend using Hourly Wage Index data as a starting point. Once you have established a baseline for certain positions, do further research into similar businesses in your area.

Lastly, consider surveying your employees. They're the best resource to help you know what is a good hourly wage, what competitive pay looks like in your location, and how competitive wages change in your industry over time.

Offering competitive pay is one of my top priorities—what other resources do you have that might help?

We know that getting applicants to pay attention to your business can be extremely challenging, and that offering competitive pay is a huge part of that. Wages aren’t everything, however! Applicant experience is another important factor that can help set you apart from your competition. A few examples include:

  • Short, easy to understand job descriptions
  • Mobile-friendliness
  • Quick communication
  • Streamlined interview stages

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