Minimum Wage in Rhode Island

Author: Jason Coles

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The minimum wage in Rhode Island increased by 75 cents in January 2023, from $12.25 per hour in 2022 to $13.00 per hour in 2023. This represents a 6.1% increase from 2022 to 2023.

It is very important for business owners and employees to familiarize themselves with the minimum wage in the United States. Unlike most other countries, there are different minimum wage laws and rates across all 50 US states. The minimum wage is the lowest hourly, daily, or monthly wage that businesses may legally pay to employees or workers.

Each individual state has its own minimum wage, whether it has been generated via the Consumer Price Index, is determined by what each state’s legislature deems reasonable for its employees, or whether it just defaults to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Did the Rhode Island Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Rhode Island minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did not go up and remains at $13.00 per hour in 2023.

Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2023

January 1, 2023, saw the minimum wage in Rhode Island increase by 75 cents, from $12.25 per hour to $13.00. Typically, states include scheduled minimum wage increases when passing such legislation but Rhode Island’s minimum wage law does not include any future scheduled increases. Recently, states have generally scheduled a few years of increases, with future rates tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Just because the Rhode Island minimum wage for 2023 is $13.00 per hour doesn’t mean that it cannot vary depending on the age and status of the employee, or the type of employer you work for. Here are examples of when the Rhode Island minimum wage varies.

  • Workers employed in the domestic services or work for a private home, federal service, or voluntary service in educational, charitable, religious, or nonprofit organizations where employer/employee relationships do not exist.
  • Workers receiving gratuities, for example, restaurant and hotel employees, and certain employees of nonprofit organizations who receive tips. For these businesses, the tipped wage is $3.89. However, employees must receive tips that accumulate to the Rhode Island minimum wage in 2023 of $13.00 per hour.

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training enforces the minimum wage in Rhode Island of $13.00 per hour. Should you have any concerns or questions about the Rhode Island minimum wage in 2023 and the laws, rules, and regulations, feel free to contact them via their website.

Rhode Island Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Rhode Island’s 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
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2023$13.002023$0.756.1%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2022$12.252022$0.756.5%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2021$11.502021$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2020$11.502020$1.009.5%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2020 (before Oct 1)$10.502020$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2019$10.502019$0.403.9%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2018$10.102018$0.505.2%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2017$9.602017$0.606.7%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2016$9.002016$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2015$9.002015$1.0012.5%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2014$8.002014$0.253.2%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2013$7.752013$0.354.7%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2012$7.402012$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2011$7.402011$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2010$7.402010$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2009$7.402009$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2008$7.402008$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2007$7.402007$0.304.2%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2006$7.102006$0.355.18%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2005$6.752005$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2004$6.752004$0.609.7%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2003$6.152003$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2002$6.152002$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2001$6.152001$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 2000$6.152000$0.508.8%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1999$5.651999$0.509.7%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.4%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.306.4%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1995$4.451995$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1994$4.451994$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1993$4.451993$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1992$4.451992$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1991$4.451991$0.204.7%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1999$4.251990$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1989$4.251989$0.256.25%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1988$4.001988$0.359.5%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1987$3.651987$0.102.81%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1986$3.551986$0.206%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1985$3.351985$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1984$3.351984$00%
Rhode Island Minimum Wage 1983$3.351983$00%

Latest News on the Rhode Island Minimum Wage

  • Quote from State Rep. David Bennett – “Putting more money in the pockets of those with the lowest wages helps their families and the economy overall, because people at that end of the wage spectrum pump that money right back into the local economy, buying necessities. It also means less demand for public assistance. A stronger minimum wage will mean a stronger economy for Rhode Island.”
  • Quote from Gov. Gina M. Raimondo – “Nobody should work full-time and live in poverty. Over the past few years, we’ve turned our economy around by investing in our workers. From new job training programs to investments in education, we’re working to ensure that every Rhode Islander has a good, family-supporting job. I’m proud that we’ve increased the minimum wage four times since I took office, and I look forward to working with the General Assembly to continue building on that progress.”
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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.