Alaskans making minimum wage should check their paychecks after the new year. Alaska’s minimum wage rises to $9.75 per hour, rising from the current minimum wage of $8.75.
Unlike in other states, tips do not count toward the minimum wage — the posted wage is the absolute least that an employee can be paid by an employer.
The minimum wage will be revised Jan. 1 each year after 2016 to account for inflation.
The minimum wage increase was part of a ballot measure approved by Alaska voters in November 2014.
The measure also calls for the state’s minimum wage to remain at least $1 above the federal minimum, should it be raised.