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 (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.

To find out more information regarding the US minimum wage by state, check out our page that has a table in alphabetical order of all 50 states, including historical state minimum wage rates from previous years.

There are many interesting facts about Massachusetts that you probably haven’t heard of. Feel free to check out a comprehensive list of them that also includes some very important economic facts if you are looking to start your own business or franchise or get a job in the state.

Massachusetts Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Massachusetts’ minimum wage over the years since 2008. 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%

As a Massachusetts business owner and employer, or someone that is looking to register an LLC or an incorporated company in Massachusetts with the goal of hiring employees, now, or in the future, you will need to have a Massachusetts EIN number.

An EIN is also known as an Employer Identification Number and is issued by the internal revenue service (IRS). We have created a guide on how to get an EIN number in Massachusetts with the IRS, and it includes links to the appropriate sources and forms and the differences between whether you are a U.S. citizen or a foreign national applying for a Massachusetts EIN.