Minimum-wage rate will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2019
Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation Jan. 1, 2019, to $9.86 an hour for large employers and $8.04 an hour for other state minimum wages.
Under Minnesota law, the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry is required to determine and announce the inflation-adjusted minimum-wage rate each year by Aug. 31. This year, the change in the price index used for this purpose is an increase of 2.16 percent. Read news release here.
|Provision||Amount as of Jan. 1, 2018||Amount as of Jan. 1, 2019|
|Large-employer wage||$9.65 an hour||$9.86 an hour|
|Small-employer wage||$7.87 an hour||$8.04 an hour|
|90-day training wage (under 20 years of age)||$7.87 an hour||$8.04 an hour|
|Youth wage (under 18 years of age)||$7.87 an hour||$8.04 an hour|
- Brochure: A guide to Minnesota’s minimum-wage laws
- Employer fact sheet: Employer size and minimum wage
- Employer fact sheet: Minimum-wage rates
- Minimum-wage report: Understanding the minimum wage in Minnesota, published August 2018
State and federal minimum-wage law
- The state minimum-wage is higher than the federal minimum-wage, so employees who are covered by both laws must be paid the higher state minimum-wage.
- Minimum-wage rates apply to all hours worked, whether part time or full time.
- Employees must be paid at least the current minimum-wage rate, no matter how they are paid.
- No employer may take a tip credit against minimum wages in Minnesota.
- An employee must be paid at least the minimum wage per hour, plus any tips the employee might earn.
- A partial list of exempt employees includes: bona fide executive, administrative or professional workers; babysitters; volunteers of nonprofit organizations; and employees subject to the provisions of the U.S. Department of Transportation (drivers, drivers’ helpers, mechanics and loaders).
- Under Minnesota Statutes 177.28, the Department of Labor and Industry is authorized to issue a permit to a disabled worker (performance-limited employee) unable to earn the state minimum-wage, to work at a wage commensurate with his or her ability. View the Disabled-worker employment information guide.
- For a complete list of exempt employees, see Minnesota Statutes 177.23, subd. 7.
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