Skip to main content

We're days away from Minnesota having the highest minimum wage in the Midwest

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Starting Saturday, Minnesota will have the highest minimum wage in the Midwest and one of the most generous in the country as it increases to $9 an hour.

An estimated 288,000 low-paid workers in Minnesota will benefit from the $1-an-hour raise, The Associated Press reports, which is the second of three annual increases that will see it rise again to $9.50 next August, and increase with inflation from then on.

It means Minnesota will be ahead of the minimum wages offered by South Dakota ($8.50), Illinois ($8.25) and Michigan ($8.15), which currently have the highest in the region, according to the National Conference of States Legislators (NCSL).

But not everyone has to follow it, small companies – with less than $500,000 in revenue – can still pay their workers the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, Minnesota law says.

Upon announcing the hikes last year, Gov. Mark Dayton said: "Minnesotans who work full-time should be able to earn enough money to lift their families out of poverty, and through hard work and additional training, achieve the middle-class American Dream."

NCSL figures show the increase puts Minnesota among the states with the highest minimum wage.

The highest is currently the District of Columbia, where it is $10.50 an hour, with Washington state paying $9.47, Oregon at $9.25 and Vermont and Connecticut at $9.15.

Several states, including California, Massachusetts, Maryland and Hawaii are planning future increases that will take their minimums above $10 per hour.

Amid concern from some quarters about the impact the increase could have on employers, Gov. Dayton told the AP higher wages would benefit the wider economy.

"People aren't flying out to New York to spend this money. They're spending it in their local economy," he said "That's what drives our economy forward. It's not trickle-down economics. It's consumer spending."

Next Up

St. Louis County

St. Louis County set to declare state of emergency ahead of peak flood levels

Volunteers are urgently needed for sandbagging efforts in a small community near Voyageurs National Park.

Screen Shot 2022-05-16 at 5.03.30 PM

Brothers Bar & Grill closes in downtown Minneapolis

The Midwest chain closed its St. Cloud location in 2018.

Ken Jeong

Licensed physician Ken Jeong to do standup in MN this September

The licensed physician will take the stage at Treasure Island Resort and Casino on Sept. 30.

Osseo Police Department

Osseo PD says officer did not pursue suspect who caused fatal crash

The crash happened in Brooklyn Park early Sunday morning.

221 Main Street. E. Albert Lea

Suspect arrested after 3 family members stabbed in Albert Lea

The three victims are related, according to police.

wastewater

Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota

The European CDC has warned of a possible significant summer surge fueled by the omicron subvariants.

driving unsplash - crop

Hastings man charged for driving drunk with 2-year-old in vehicle

Matthew Quade's BAC was almost five times over the legal limit when police pulled him over last week.

police lights

Arrest made after person shot at Hopkins apartment building

Police say this was an isolated incident and that the victim and suspect knew each other.

covid

BA.2.12.1 omicron subvariant quickly becoming dominant in MN

Experts say the subvariant is more transmissible but there is not evidence to suggest it causes more severe disease.

Related