Minnesota Minimum Wage for 2016, 2017
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Minnesota's state minimum wage rate is $9.50 per hour. This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. You are entitled to be paid the higher state minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Minnesota, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.†
The Minnesota minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $3.35 from $6.15 to $9.50. Minnesota's minimum wage rate is linked to a Customer Price Index, which is intended to raise the rate along with inflation. The current minimum wage rate is re-evaluated yearly based on these values.
The current minimum wage in Minnesota is $9.00 per hour. As of August 2015, the minimum wage for large employers has been raised to $9.00 per hour, with the small-employer minimum wage rising from $6.50 per hour to $7.25 per hour. The Minnesota state minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $9.50 per hour effective August 1, 2016 for large employers and to $7.75 for small employers.Further increases in the minimum wage tied to inflation are due to begin in January 2018.
Minnesota has a training wage of $7.25 applicable to any worker under 20 years of age for their first 90 days of employment. Employees exempt from the Minnesota minimum wage include taxi drivers, babysitters, elected officials, firemen and police, and any employee subject to the Department of Transportation's regulations (truck drivers, mechanics, loaders, etc). According to a recent study, 4.5% of Minnesota's hourly workers earn the minimum wage or less [View Report].
Minnesota employers may not pay you under $9.50 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
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All Minnesota employers must display an approved Minnesota minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Minnesota labor law.
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Minnesota Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Minnesota labor law requires all employers in Minnesota to visibly display an approved Minnesota minimum wage poster, and other Minnesota and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Minnesota labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Minnesota labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
The Minnesota minimum wage poster, and additional required Minnesota labor law posters, are also available on the Minnesota labor law posters download page.
Minnesota Overtime Minimum Wage
All workers who put in over 40 weekly hours are entitled to a minimum wage of at least 1.5 times the regular applicable minimum wage (learn more about Minnesota overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Minnesota law does not specify a daily overtime limit).
The FLSA guarantees all MN employees adequate overtime compensation for all qualifying overtime hours worked. If your employer does not pay adequate overtime wages, you can file an unpaid overtime claim with the Minnesota Department of Labor.
Minnesota Minimum Wage Exemptions
In addition to any Minnesota-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers. You may be paid under the Minnesota minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Minnesota Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Minnesota to pay a new employee who is under 20 years of age a training wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.
- Minnesota Tipped Minimum Wage - See Here - Employees who earn a certain amount of tips every month may be paid a lower cash minimum wage, but must earn at least $9.50 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Minnesota tipped minimum wage.
Frequently Asked Questions - Minnesota Minimum Wage & Labor Law
- What is the Minnesota minimum wage?
The current Minnesota minimum wage of $9.50 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Minnesota can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Minnesota waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
- How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin Minnesota?
A full time minimum wage worker in Minnesota working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $76.00 per day, $380.00 per week, and $19,760.00 per year1. The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $16,020.00 per year.
- What is the Minnesota under 18 minimum wage?
Minnesota employers may pay 18 year olds and minors the youth minimum wage of $4.25 for the first 90 days of employment. Other labor law exemptions for minors in Minnesota may exist.
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1 These earnings estimates do not account for the Minnesota income tax , federal income tax, or local/municipal income taxes.
2 Poverty line for a family of two in the lower 48 published 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services