The 1963 March on Washington’s minimum wage demand would be $15 today, adjusted for inflation: Historical and projected federal minimum wages under the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, and the 1963 March on Washington demand indexed to inflation

Year Nominal federal minimum wage  Nominal federal minimum wage (under $15 in 2025)  1963 March on Washington nominal min. wage projection 1963 March on Washington nominal min. wage porjection
1963 $1.25 $2.00 
1964 $1.25 $2.03
1965 $1.25 $2.06
1966 $1.25 $2.12
1967 $1.40 $2.18
1968 $1.60 $2.27
1969 $1.60 $2.37
1970 $1.60 $2.48
1971 $1.60 $2.59
1972 $1.60 $2.67
1973 $1.60 $2.84
1974 $2.00 $3.12
1975 $2.10 $3.38
1976 $2.30 $3.57
1977 $2.30 $3.80
1978 $2.65 $4.06
1979 $2.90 $4.44
1980 $3.10 $4.94
1981 $3.35 $5.41
1982 $3.35 $5.74
1983 $3.35 $5.98
1984 $3.35 $6.23
1985 $3.35 $6.44
1986 $3.35 $6.56
1987 $3.35 $6.78
1988 $3.35 $7.03
1989 $3.35 $7.33
1990 $3.80 $7.69
1991 $4.25 $7.97
1992 $4.25 $8.17
1993 $4.25 $8.38
1994 $4.25 $8.55
1995 $4.25 $8.76
1996 $4.75 $8.99
1997 $5.15 $9.19
1998 $5.15 $9.31
1999 $5.15 $9.51
2000 $5.15 $9.83
2001 $5.15 $10.11
2002 $5.15 $10.27
2003 $5.15 $10.51
2004 $5.15 $10.79
2005 $5.15 $11.16
2006 $5.15 $11.52
2007 $5.85 $11.84
2008 $6.55 $12.30
2009 $7.25 $12.26
2010 $7.25 $12.46
2011 $7.25 $12.85
2012 $7.25 $13.12
2013 $7.25 $13.32
2014 $7.25 $13.54
2015 $7.25 $13.57
2016 $7.25 $13.74
2017 $7.25 $14.04
2018 $7.25 $14.38
2019 $7.25 $14.64
2020 $7.25 $7.25 $14.82 $14.82
2021 $9.50 $15.00
2022 $11.00 $15.28
2023 $12.50 $15.61
2024 $14.00 $15.96
2025 $15.00 $16.32

Sources: EPI analysis of the Fair Labor Standards Act and amendments, the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom minimum wage demand.

View the underlying data on epi.org.