Everything seems to be going up these days, including the minimum wage in Massachusetts.
If you earn minimum wage in the Bay State, your hourly rate of pay will likely increase starting January 1.
The Massachusetts minimum wage for untipped employees will increase from $14.25 an hour to $15.00 at the dawn of the new year, an increase of 75 cents an hour.
Tipped employees will receive a minimum of $6.75 per hour, which the Commonwealth considers the “service rate”.
According MassLive.com“A tipped employee is considered anyone who earns more than $20 per month in tips. However, they must be paid at least the overall minimum wage, which is currently $14.25, when tips and wages are combined. .”
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said that with the increase in the minimum wage, The Sunday bonus and the holiday pay are abolished from January 1.
“The minimum wage applies to all employees except agricultural workers ($8.00 per hour is the minimum wage for most agricultural workers), members of a religious order, workers in training in certain educational, nonprofit, or religious organizations and outside vendors,” according to Mass.gov.
The increase is part of a three-tiered approach to raise the state’s minimum wage, which rose to $13.50 in 2021. The minimum rose to $14.25 in 2022 and will reach $15.00 of the hour on January 1, 2023.
In the face of labor shortages that have persisted during the COVID pandemic and beyond, many domestic companies have begun raising the minimum hourly wage for their employees.
The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 since July 24, 2009.