For business owners and those looking to start a business or franchise in Massachusetts, it is important to know about the laws as they relate to employment and the minimum wage in Massachusetts. A fundamental part of any business is paying wages to employees, and it is essential to be aware of what the law and rules are for the state in which you are doing business in. Likewise, for employees, it is important to know your rights and what you are entitled to.

This information will help employers and employees in Massachusetts be in the know when it comes to what the current Massachusetts state minimum wage is, and also what the past and future min wage looks like.

In 2021, the minimum wage in Massachusetts is set at $13.50 per hour. This is the third-highest of all 50 states. If you would like to see the top 10 highest state minimum wage rates by state, then head over to our page that is dedicated to this.

The Massachusetts minimum wage 2021 is $6.25 per hour higher than the federal minimum wage. This is a significant difference, pleasing the 400,000+ workers in the state of Massachusetts that will certainly benefit from this!

The minimum wage in Massachusetts has always been considered high in comparison with other states, a reason for this is because the min wage, much like other states is measured and increased based on the state’s consumer price index.

Did the Massachusetts Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Massachusetts minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 from $12.75 per hour (in 2020) to $13.50 in 2021.

Minimum Wage in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2021

2021 saw the Massachusetts minimum wage increase from $12.75 per hour to $13.50 per hour. A 75 cents increase has been the third increase to the Massachusetts minimum wage in four years, and it is set to increase higher over the next few years to $15 per hour!

Although the state minimum wage is $13.50 p/h, some counties, cities, or towns may have a different minimum wage. For more information regarding minimum wage laws and updates, visit the Massachusetts Government Website.

Tipped employees in Massachusetts (those earning $20 or more per week through tips) are entitled to a minimum of $5.55 per hour. However, these employees must be made aware of this and the tips they receive will need to equal the Massachusetts minimum wage 2021 per hour or the difference will need to be made up by their employer.

Massachusetts Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Massachusetts’ minimum wage over the years since 1983. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2021$13.502021$0.755.88%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2020$12.752020$0.756.25%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2019$12.002019$1.009%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2018$11.002018$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2017$11.002017$1.0010%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2016$10.002016$1.0011.1%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2015$9.002015$1.0012.5%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2014$8.002014$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2013$8.002013$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2012$8.002012$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2011$8.002011$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2010$8.002010$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2009$8.002009$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2008$8.002008$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2007$7.502007$0.7511.11%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2006$6.752006$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2005$6.752005$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2004$6.752004$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2003$6.752003$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2002$6.752002$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2001$6.752001$0.7512.5%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 2000$6.002000$0.7514.28%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1999$5.251999$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1998$5.251998$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1997$5.251997$0.5011.52%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.5011.76%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$0.5013.33%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1991$3.751991$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1990$3.751990$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1989$3.751989$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1988$3.751988$0.102.73%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1987$3.651987$0.102.81%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1986$3.551986$0.205.97%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1985$3.351985$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1984$3.351984$00%
Massachusetts Minimum Wage 1983$3.351983$00%