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Minimum wage for fast food workers jumps to $15, but many already offering it due to staffing issues

Minimum wage increased this week at fast food restaurants across New York State.

Effective Thursday the state’s minimum wage for fast food workers will be increased to $15 per hour.

It’s already $15 per hour in New York City, but sat at $14.50 throughout the rest of the state. The gradual increase of wages has been in motion since 2015.

The increase comes at a time when many fast food chains are offering $15 per hour, or more for workers who are willing to come on-board. The pandemic created a staffing shortage across many sectors- but particularly those where wages are lowest.

There has also been some concern about fast food chains using technology to replace workers. However, with staffing levels as low as they are now- that is less of a concern.