Minimum wage since 1938

When the federal minimum wage first became law in 1938, it was 25 cents. Adjusted for inflation, that would be worth $4.13 today. Scroll over the chart to see historical minimum wage amounts, and their corresponding values in today’s dollars.

In 1938, the minimum wage was $0.25. That's $4.13 in 2013 dollars.

Source: BLS; Note: Figures adjusted to 2013 dollars using the CPI-U. Interactive: Annalyn Kurtz & Tal Yellin / CNNMoney
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