State minimum wages vary across United States

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Interact with the above map by clicking on a state to reveal its minimum wage. States with a wage higher than the federal minimum are in green, ones that are equal are yellow, and ones that are below are red.

The federal minimum wage supersedes state minimums in states that fall below $7.25 per hour.

(WJLA) - At $8.25, the District of Columbia already is among those states that offer a higher minimum wage than the federal one. A D.C. councilman's push would make Washington's the highest in the nation.

Washington is joined by 19 states across America that already offers a minimum wage that's higher than the federal $7.25 wage, but Vincent Orange is rallying support to raise it to $11.50 citywide.

If Orange succeeds, the District's minimum wage would surpass Washington State as the nation's highest. Washington offers a minimum wage of $9.19.

An analysis of Department of Labor data indicates that beyond the 19 states, along with D.C., that offer higher-than-federal minimum wage, 22 states offer a wage that's on par with the federal low.

Meanwhile, four states - Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota and Wyoming - offer minimum wages below the federal limit. Five states - Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee - do not have a minimum wage at all.

The federal minimum wage in each of those nine states, though, supercedes the state's minimum wage.

Orange's proposal comes on the heels of a failed attempt to force large retailers located in Washington to pay $4.25 per hour more than other businesses. The Large Retailer Accountability Act would have compelled stores like Walmart, Target and other big box stores to pay that $12.50 per hour.

The bill passed a divided D.C. Council, but Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the bill after Walmart planned to cancel plans to open six stores in Washington.

Parallel to Orange's efforts, D.C. Working Families, a coalition that promotes social values in Washington, is launching a campaign Tuesday to raise the city's minimum wage even higher - to $12.50 per hour.

Click on the above map to see what the minimum wage is in each state.