Minnesota State Minimum Wage

Author: Jason Coles

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When doing business in Minnesota as a small or large employer or someone working as an employee for a small business or large company, it is critically important to understand and know the law when it comes to paying employees or being paid by your employer and knowing your workers’ rights.

Each state has a specific minimum wage, and many of them are adjusted based on the consumer price index for the individual state economy as well as inflation. This page provides valuable information regarding the Minnesota state minimum wage for 2023 and what the minimum wage plans are for the future of Minnesota.

The Minnesota state minimum wage is different from most other states, there are two different rates depending on the size of employer you work for. So, for large business (annual gross revenue in excess of $500,000)  employees in Minnesota, the minimum wage rate in 2023 is $10.59 per hour.

Now, the second minimum wage rate in Minnesota is for small business (annual gross revenue less than $500,000) employees is $8.63 per hour in 2023. Both the small business and large business rates are the most common minimum wage rates to be paid in Minnesota, however, there are some other exemptions for you to check out further down the page.

Did the Minnesota Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Minnesota minimum wage rate over the past several years. As you can see, the minimum wage has been increasing steadily yet consistently for many years, and the state does not seem to be slowing down or stopping the annual increases either!

Minnesota Minimum Wage 2023

2023 has witnessed another January increase to the Minnesota minimum wage, moving from $10.33 to $10.59 for large businesses and increasing to $8.63 from $8.42 for smaller businesses.

This page is updated frequently as and when the Minnesota minimum wage increases. If you are seeking more information on minimum wage laws and workers’ rights in Minnesota, take a look at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website.

You can view and download the Minnesota minimum wage labor law poster for 2022-2023 here at no charge. Employers must display an official poster outlining the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ensuring that accurate employee time and pay records are kept.

Minnesota, much like other states, has specific minimum wage laws for different fields of employment.

However, unlike most other states, the rules for tipped employees are slightly different as employers cannot take a tip credit against the minimum wage, an employee has to be paid the minimum wage at the very least per hour, plus tips that they may earn in addition to this.

The table below provides the different variations of the Minnesota minimum wage in 2023.

Minimum Wage DescriptionYear$ Wage Amount
Large Employer Wage2023$10.59
Small Employer Wage2023$8.63
90 Day Training Wage (Under 20 Years)2023$8.63
Youth Wage (Under 18 Years)2023$8.63

The table below provides the different variations of the Minnesota minimum wage in 2022.

Minimum Wage DescriptionYear$ Wage Amount
Large Employer Wage2022$10.33
Small Employer Wage2022$8.42
90 Day Training Wage (Under 20 Years)2022$8.42
Youth Wage (Under 18 Years)2022$8.42

The next table shows you the different variations of the Minnesota minimum wage in 2021.

Minimum Wage DescriptionYear$ Wage Amount
Large Employer Wage2021$10.08
Small Employer Wage2021$8.21
90 Day Training Wage (Under 20 Years)2021$8.21
Youth Wage (Under 18 Years)2021$8.21

In Minnesota, should you surpass 40 hours of work in a week you are eligible for overtime pay, which, in this case, is 1.5 times the minimum wage. $15.89 per hour is the overtime minimum wage rate for large business employees in Minnesota.

The overtime minimum wage for the rest of Minnesota employees is $12.94 per hour.

Just like many other states, there is a training minimum wage for employees under the age of 20, and in their first 90 days of employment, this amounts to $8.63 per hour. Also, the youth minimum wage for employees under the age of 18 is $8.63 per hour.

Minnesota Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the current rate and history of Minnesota’s minimum wage over the past 40+ years since 1983. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents each year.

Here are some notable minimum wage increases in Minnesota over the past 40+ years.

  • From 2022 to 2023, it increased by 2.5%
  • From 2021 to 2022, it increased by 2.5%
  • From 2014 to 2015, it increased by 12.5%
  • From 2013 to 2014, it increased by 10.3%
  • From 2008 to 2009, it increased by 17.9%
StateWage$ Wage Increase% Increase
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2023$10.59$0.262.5%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2022$10.33$0.252.5%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2021$10.08$0.080.8%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2020$10.00$0.141.4%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2019$9.86$0.212.2%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2018$9.65$0.151.58%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2017$9.50$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2016$9.50$0.505.5%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2015$9.00$1.0012.5%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2014$8.00$0.7510.3%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2013$7.25$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2012$7.25$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2011$7.25$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2010$7.25$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2009$7.25$1.1017.9%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2008$6.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2007$6.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2006$6.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2005$6.15$1.0019.41%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2004$5.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2003$5.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2002$5.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2001$5.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 2000$5.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1999$5.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1998$5.15$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1997$5.15$0.408.42%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1996$4.75$1.4041.79%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1995$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1994$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1993$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1992$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1991$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1990$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1989$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1988$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1987$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1986$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1985$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1984$3.35$00%
Minnesota Minimum Wage 1983$3.35$00%
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Jason Coles

Jason Coles is the Founder of Foreign USA and its Chief Content Writer and Editor. Recognized as a prolific business plan writer by many prominent immigration attorneys in the U.S., Jason has written over 1,200 business plans over the past 16+ years for start-ups looking to establish and expand their footprint in the United States.