Massachusetts minimum wage
Massachusetts minimum wage is $12.75/hour as of January 1, 2020.
Note: There are many circumstances in which different wages may be paid. See links below for more information. Minimum wage will go up in steps to reach $15 per hour in January 2023.
Tipped employees minimum wage is $4.95 as of January 1, 2020. This rate will go up in steps to reach $6.75 per hour in January 2023.
The minimum wage for tipped employees who make more than $20 a month in tips is $4.95 an hour. However, for employers to pay these employees this different minimum wage they must inform the employee of this law and the employee must receive at least the $12.75 minimum wage when actual tips and wages are combined. In addition, all tips must be retained by the employee or distributed through a valid tip-pool as defined by MGL c.149 § 152A. If the combined wages and actual tips do not at least equal the regular minimum wage, the employer must pay the employee the difference.
Pay and recordkeeping: tips, Mass. Attorney General.
The law requires employers to calculate the difference between the service rate and earned tips at the end of every shift worked by the employee. Here, you can find examples of how that should be done.
Minimum wage program, Dept. of Labor Standards
Everything you need to know about Mass. minimum wage. Includes links to laws and regulations, forms, complaint information and more. Minimum wage hotline: (617) 626-6952
MGL c.151 Minimum Fair Wages. Sections 1 and 7 increase minimum wage over the next several years.
|Date||Standard Minimum Wage||Tipped Minimum Wage|
|January 1, 2020||$12.75||$4.95|
|January 1, 2021||$13.50||$5.55|
|January 1, 2022||$14.25||$6.15|
|January 1, 2023||$15.00||$6.75|
454 CMR 27 Minimum wage
29 U.S. Code § 206 Minimum Wage
Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, effective July 24, 2009
29 CFR Part 541 Defining and delimiting the exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees. "White collar'' exemptions from minimum wage laws.
Selected case law
Capron v. Mass. Attorney General, __ F.3d __, US 1st Circuit, No. 17-2140, December 2, 2019
Au pairs in Massachusetts must be paid according to Massachusetts minimum wage and overtime laws, not the lower Federal minimum wage.
Attorney General Opinion Letter MW-02-13-02: Applicability of M.G.L. c. 151 to Town Employees, Mass. Attorney General.
Municipal employees are excluded from the state minimum wage law, but are subject to the federal minimum wage.
Federal minimum wage information, US Dept. of Labor.
Includes links to federal laws and regulations, and web pages on a variety of minimum wage topics.
Important changes to the Massachusetts minimum wage, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
Highlights the current minimum wage, as well as the service rate (for tipped employees) and the agricultural rate.
Minimum wage and overtime information, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Includes basic, clearly-written, information about minimum wage and overtime in Massachusetts
Massachusetts wage and hours handbook, MCLE, 2016
|Last updated:||January 2, 2020|