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Labor Standards -- Minnesota's minimum-wage law

Minimum-wage rate adjusted for inflation as of Jan. 1, 2018

Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to $9.65 an hour for large employers and $7.87 an hour for other state minimum wages.

Minimum-wage rates

Provision Amount until Dec. 31, 2017 Amount as of Jan. 1, 2018
Large employer wage $9.50/hour $9.65/hour
Small employer wage $7.75/hour $7.87/hour
90-day training wage
(under 20 years of age)
$7.75/hour $7.87/hour
Youth wage
(under 18 years of age)
$7.75/hour $7.87/hour








State and federal minimum-wage law

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.

Tip credit

  • No employer may take a tip credit against minimum wages in Minnesota.

  • An employee must be paid at least that minimum wage per hour plus any tips the employee might earn.

Exempt employees


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