Your Guide to Michigan’s Minimum Wage

Your Guide to Michigan’s Minimum Wage
Here's a guide to keep business owners in Michigan up to date on state minimum wage requirements.
by Mary Hohn Sep 15, 2022 — 2 min read
Your Guide to Michigan’s Minimum Wage

Over the past few years, Michigan has had a series of minimum wage increases. And as we look ahead, there will be more. As a business owner, it’s important to stay current on these changes so you can plan for the future of your business.

To help you keep track of the latest developments, here’s a rundown of need-to-know facts regarding the Michigan minimum wage.

What is the minimum wage in Michigan?

The minimum wage in Michigan is $9.65, which is $2.40 higher than the federal minimum wage. Michigan minimum wage laws apply to employers with two or more employees over the age of 16 in one calendar year.

While the minimum wage applies to most employees in Michigan, there are some exceptions, including:


The state minimum has been gradually increasing as part of a four-year Michigan minimum wage increase plan. It increased from $9.25 in 2018 to its current rate, and it’s set to go up again in 2021.

Will the minimum wage change in 2022?

Under the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, the minimum wage was expected to increase in 2021. Due to unemployment exceeding 8.5%, the minimum wage did not increase to the scheduled $9.87 on January 1, 2021.

Are there plans to change the minimum wage beyond 2022?

he goal of the law in place currently is to keep raising the Michigan minimum wage each year so that it will reach $12 per hour by 2030. The original bill that was passed by voters but changed by the legislature had set the goal at $12 by 2022. There are campaigns to raise the minimum wage in Michigan faster, so it’s a good idea to keep track of any changes and check the Michigan employee FAQs regularly.

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

Since changes to the minimum wage in Michigan will most likely be happening, you should plan accordingly. We recommend taking the following steps to prepare:


Make sure your business is prepared and stays in compliance by following these helpful guidelines and discussing the Michigan minimum wage laws with your accountant and lawyer.

Mary Hohn
Mary Hohn writes for Square, where she covers topics that affect business owners — from starting a business to growing a business — and the tools and technology that help them succeed.


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