Miami Beach Approves Raising Minimum Wage to $13.31

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

The City of Miami Beach Commission unanimously approved an ordinance today that will raise the minimum wage in the city from $8.05 to $13.31 per hour by 2021. Miami Beach will be the first municipality in Florida to hike its minimum wage above the state level, and the new law falls in line with a national movement to significantly raise the wage.

A new minimum wage of $10.31 per hour will take effect January 1, 2018, and gradually rise every year until it hits $13.31 by 2021. The city commission would then decide if further raises are mandated on a yearly basis. The $13.31 figure was chosen because that's the minimum wage the city government pays its own employees. 

“Miami Beach is known worldwide for taking on its challenges with meaningful solutions,” Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said in a statement. “Today, my colleagues joined me in passing legislation that addresses the growing gap between wages and the cost of living in South Florida by establishing a minimum living wage for our community.”

Commissioners noted Miami Beach has one of the highest costs of living in the state. 

In 2004, Floridians overwhelmingly voted for a statewide constitutional amendment that pegged automatic increases in the minimum wage to the rate of inflation, but Florida's minimum wage now stands at only $8.05. 

The City of Miami Beach also believes the amendment protected the rights of cities to set their own minimum wage within their city limits. However, no Florida municipality has done so. Miami Beach's move could lead to a legal or legislative battle with Republican lawmakers in Tallahassee. 

"My sincere hope is that Governor Scott and Tallahassee will partner with communities like Miami Beach who have a higher cost of living and need to establish our own minimum wage so we can grow our economy and workforce," the mayor added in his statement. 

Levine, a Democrat, is widely rumored to be mulling a run for governor in 2018. 

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.