Your Guide to the Massachusetts Minimum Wage

Your Guide to the Massachusetts Minimum Wage
Small business employers and their employees should be aware of the minimum wage requirements in Massachusetts.
by Alise Bailey Oct 30, 2023 — 2 min read
Your Guide to the Massachusetts Minimum Wage

As a small-business owner in the Bay State, we know you’re eager to stay on top of current Massachusetts minimum wage increases. So we’ve put together this quick guide with all the info you need to know about the Massachusetts minimum wage program and changes affecting the state in 2024 and beyond.

What is the minimum wage in Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts minimum wage increased to $15 per hour on January 1, 2023 for non-tipped employees, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

The Massachusetts tipped employee minimum wage is a little different. If you run a business with tipped employees (defined as employees who receive more than $20 a month in tips), you may pay them a minimum wage of $6.75 per hour. However, employees must be informed of this hourly rate and must receive at least the minimum wage when actual tips and wages are combined.

Keep in mind that counties, cities, and towns may have their own minimum wage laws. Be sure to check which local wage laws, such as the minimum wage in Boston, Massachusetts, may apply to you.


What happened in 2018?

In late June 2018, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill that will progressively raise the state standard minimum wage from $11 an hour to $15 an hour, starting in 2019. For tipped employees, the minimum wage increased to $6.75 in 2023.

What will Massachusetts minimum wage be in 2024 and beyond?

There are no minimum wage increases planned for 2024.

Date Standard Minimum Wage Tipped Minimum Wage
January 1, 2020 $12.75 $4.95
January 1, 2021 $13.50 $5.55
January 1, 2022 $14.25 $6.15
January 1, 2023 $15.00 $6.75

How should small business owners prepare for possible changes to the minimum wage?

Even though the minimum wage in Massachusetts isn’t changing in 2024, you should still make sure you are prepared for any changes that may arise in the near future. Every business is different, so there isn’t one right way to do this. Here are a few options you may want to consider:


As always, to make sure your business is prepared and stays in compliance (such as making sure you get an EIN, you should discuss these potential changes to the Massachusetts minimum wage laws with your accountant and lawyer.

Alise Bailey
Alise Bailey is an editor at Square, where she writes about how to start, run, and grow a business, highlighting our sellers around the world.


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