Minimum Wage in Michigan – weekly, monthly, annually

In Michigan, the minimum hourly wage is $9.87, which is $2.62 above the federal minimum hourly wage of $7.25.

Not all Michigan employees, however, are entitled to the state’s minimum wage standards. Several worker categories are exempt. Read below for more details.

The Michigan minimum hourly wage for tipped employees is currently $3.75 per hour. If, however, their combined earnings are not at the level of the minimum wage ($9.87), employers must compensate for the difference.

Michigan minors 16-17 years old may receive 85% of the state minimum hourly wage rate, so $8.39 per hour.

Minor workers younger than 20 years old on a new job may receive only $4.25 an hour as a sort of training wage, but only during the initial 90 days of their employment.

In Michigan, full-time students working in a university’s work-learn program may be paid 85 percent of Michigan’s minimum hourly pay (so $8.39), as long as the job is part-time for maximally 20 hrs/week.

Agricultural and farm workers, student trainees, external salespeople, live-in employees like housekeepers, babysitters, and some more categories of workers don’t have to be paid the state’s minimum hourly rate (read more below).

Michigan Paycheck Calculator

This Michigan Paycheck Calculator transforms your hourly wage instantly to weekly, monthly, or annual earnings.

How to use the Michigan paycheck calculator

  1. Enter your hourly earnings.
  2. Then, enter the number of hours you work per week.
  3. Our paycheck calculator converts your hourly earnings to periodical earnings per week, month, or year.

How does this Michigan paycheck calculator work?

For many workers, understanding their earnings and paychecks is an uncomplicated process. They receive their paychecks at the end of a period (month, week, or biweekly), and by year’s end, they also receive their tax forms.

But for workers that get paid by the hour, it works differently, and things might get a bit complicated. So, to help these workers figure out how their hourly pay compares to weekly, monthly, or annual wages, we have created this free paycheck calculator.

The paycheck calculator works as follows: just enter your hourly pay and how many hours you work per week. Then, the paycheck calculator tells you how your hourly pay relates to earnings per week, month, and year.

Time period Equation
Annual wage = hourly pay times
40 hours times 52 weeks
Monthly wage = annual pay divided by 12 months
Weekly wage = hourly pay times 40 hours

These results are generated by multiplying your base hourly salary by the number of hours, weeks, or months you work yearly, assuming that you’re working 40 hours per week.

Minimum Wage in Michigan

So the Michigan minimum hourly wage rate is $9.87. This translates to $78.96 per day, $394.80 per week (at 40 work hours), $1710.80 per month, and $22,529.60 per year.

As said before, not every Michigan employee is entitled to this state minimum wage rate. There are several categories of exempt workers. The Michigan minimum wage rate does not, for instance, apply to tipped workers, service workers, certain college and high school students, and more groups.

Minimum wage exemptions in Michigan

The following is not a complete overview of employee categories that may be exempt from Michigan’s minimum hourly wage rate ($9.87) but just lists the main categories.

  • In Michigan, the minimum hourly wage for tipped workers and service workers is currently $3.75 per hour. If their combined hourly wage, including tips, doesn’t reach the level of the state’s minimum rate (9.87), Michigan law requires employers to pay the difference.
  • Michigan employers may not have to pay employees with disabilities the state’s minimum wage rate if they are covered by the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) or hold a wage deviation certificate.
  • Employers may pay apprentices and trainees less than Michigan’s minimum wage rate.
  • Students must earn the state minimum hourly wage rate, but under Fair Labor Standards Act regulations, full-time students that participate in a work-learn program in a university or college may be paid a subminimum wage of 80% of Michigan’s minimum wage rate, so $8.39 per hour.
  • New employees under 20 years of age can be paid a trainee wage of $4.25 an hour during the first 90 days.
  • Some agricultural or seasonal workers and external salesmen may be exempt from Michigan’s minimum wage requirements as well.

Michigan overtime wage

Most Michigan workers are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a single work week, as determined by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Overtime pay (also called “time and a half pay”) is 150% of (1.5 times) a worker’s normal hourly pay. This means that in Michigan, the minimum overtime wage is $14.81 an hour (1.5 times the Michigan minimum wage rate of $9.87 an hour). Workers that make more than the state’s hourly minimum are entitled to 1.5 times their regular hourly wage for overtime hours.

Some states have daily overtime limits, but Michigan doesn’t have a specific daily overtime limit. Overtime hours are registered on a weekly basis.

In Michigan, administrators, executives, administrators, and some other professionals that make $455 or more per week are exempt from overtime pay, and also external salespeople and some IT workers are exempt from overtime law, as are certain agricultural/farm workers and some in-house employees such as babysitters and housekeepers.

In Michigan, the overtime regulations apply to all businesses that have two employees or more. Elected officials, some farm and agricultural workers, seasonal camp workers, childcare providers under the age of 18, and a few more categories are exempt from overtime compensation, as are most white-collar workers.

In Michigan, all employers and businesses are required to display state-approved posters with minimum wage information in highly visible places to inform their employees about Michigan’s minimum wage regulations and their rights under state and federal law.

What is work time?

Work time consists of hours during which an employee performs duties and assignments for an employer. It relates to those hours that a worker gets paid or is entitled to get paid for activities controlled or initiated employer who benefits from those activities.

There are jobs that have no constant place of work and where the employee has to spend lots of time visiting clients or customers. These jobs may include tradespeople like plumbers or electricians, care workers, teachers working at different schools, or traveling salespeople. For these workers, travel between home and work often counts as working time, but usually, a worker’s regular commute from home to work and vice versa will not count as working time.

Please note that this post doesn’t contain legal advice. If you have any questions about Michigan’s minimum wage policies or minimum wage compliance, consult a tax professional or a tax attorney.