Missouri State Minimum Wage

Author: Jason Coles

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The Missouri state minimum wage increased by 85 cents in January 2023, rising from $11.15 per hour in 2022 to $12.00 per hour in 2023. This represents a 7.6% increase from 2022 to 2023. Employers in Missouri need to know the current minimum wage to ensure they are paying their employees according to the law and employees should make themselves aware of the Missouri minimum wage (2023) to make sure they are paid a fair wage per their worker’s rights.

In 2023, the Missouri state minimum wage increased to $12.00 per hour, this is $4.75 higher than the federal minimum wage. Missouri joined 29 other states in 2013 when its minimum wage rose higher than the federal wage. If you would like to know more specific information on employee rights and other labor laws, please visit this page often. If you would like more information on the current labor laws in Missouri we recommend that you visit the Missouri Department of Labor website.

Did the Missouri Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Missouri minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2023 from $11.15 per hour (in 2022) to $12.00 per hour in 2023.

If you are a full-time worker on minimum wage in Missouri, your earnings could be as follows:

  • Daily Minimum Wage: $96.00 (based on an 8-hour working day).
  • Weekly Minimum Wage: $480.00 (based on a 40-hour week).
  • Yearly Minimum Wage: $24,960 (based on being paid 52 weeks per year).

You can view and download the Missouri 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.

Missouri Minimum Wage Exemptions 2023

In addition to the regular minimum wage rate, there are a few Missouri state minimum wage exemptions that typically depend on your age or employment situation. Below are the various minimum wage exemptions with some situational examples.

Missouri Student Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for student employees in Missouri is 85% of the Missouri minimum wage, making their hourly pay $10.20 per hour in 2023.

This hourly rate is for any hours worked up to 20 hours per week. As a student employee, once you surpass 20 hours per week, you will be eligible to be paid the Missouri minimum wage rate of $12.00 per hour.

Being a student can be financially challenging, leading many students to pick up part-time jobs to make extra money while studying. Despite a student minimum wage rate, many Missouri employers will not necessarily follow it and pay you equal to or more than the statewide minimum wage.

Many work-study programs are available at universities, which is a route many students go down. Still, coffee shop, cafe, bar, and restaurant jobs are commonly taken by students as they can work them into their class schedule.

Missouri Under 20 Minimum Wage

If you are under 20 years old in Missouri, federal law allows your employer to pay you as little as $4.25 per hour for your first 90 days of employment.

Once the 90-day period is over, you will be eligible to be paid the 2023 Missouri minimum wage of $12.00 per hour or potentially even more.

Fortunately for young workers, this is 90 calendar days and not 90 working days; therefore, it can be completed relatively quickly and within about three months.

Missouri Tipped Minimum Wage

If you are a tipped employee in Missouri (someone who receives regular tips as a part of their job) then you are eligible to be paid a minimum wage of $6.00 per hour, with a tip credit of $6.00 per hour, ensuring that you reach the statewide minimum wage regardless if you make enough hourly tips.

Missouri Overtime Minimum Wage

Once you work over 40 hours a week, you are eligible to be paid an overtime rate of 1.5 times your hourly wage for every hour you work past 40. So, the overtime minimum wage in Missouri is $18.00 per hour, 1.5 times the minimum wage of $12.00 per hour.

Missouri Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the current rate and history of Missouri’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.

StateWage$ Wage Increase% Increase
Missouri Minimum Wage 2023$12.00$0.857.6%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2022$11.15$0.858.2%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2021$10.30$0.858.99%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2020$9.45$0.859.9%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2019$8.60$0.759.5%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2018$7.85$0.151.9%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2017$7.70$0.050.65%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2016$7.65$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2015$7.65$0.152%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2014$7.50$0.152%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2013$7.35$0.101.4%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2012$7.25$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2011$7.25$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2010$7.25$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2009$7.25$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2008$7.25$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2007$6.15$119.41%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2006$5.15$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2005$5.15$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2004$5.15$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2003$5.15$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2002$5.15$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2001$5.15$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 2000$5.15$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1999$5.15$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1998$5.15$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1997$5.15$0.408.42%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1996$4.75$0.5011.76%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1995$4.25$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1994$4.25$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1993$4.25$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1992$4.25$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1991$4.25$0.4511.84%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1990$3.80$0.4513.43%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1989$3.35$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1988$3.35$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1987$3.35$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1986$3.35$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1985$3.35$00%
Missouri Minimum Wage 1984$3.35$00%
Missouri 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.