ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The minimum wage for Alaska workers is set to increase in the new year, thanks to a vote passed back in 2014, which included a calculation based on consumer costs.
State labor officials announced Wednesday that the Alaska minimum wage would go from $9.84 to $9.89 starting on January 1, 2019.
That five cent increase is based on an adjustment calculated with the Consumer Price Index, which measures prices paid by consumers for general goods and services.
According to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the CPI in Anchorage rose 0.5 percent in 2016, causing the minimum wage increase.
By law, Alaska’s minimum wage must remain at least $1 per hour over the federal minimum wage, the department stated in a release. Tips do not count toward the minimum wage.