Minimum Wage in Minnesota – weekly, monthly, annually

In Minnesota, the minimum wage is $10.33 per hour for large businesses grossing $500k annually or more. This is $3.08 more than the federally required minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

The minimum hourly pay rate for smaller employers is $8.42 an hour, $1.17 above the federal minimum hourly pay rate.

For employees younger than 20 years of age, there may be a 90-day training wage of $8.42 when they’re on a new job, and the Minnesota youth wage (for workers under 18) is also $8.42 per hour.

Some Minnesota cities have a higher minimum wage requirement than the state minimum rate. Employees must receive the highest minimum wage rate unless they hold exempt status.

The minimum wage in Minneapolis, for example, is $13.50 for businesses with up to 100 employees and $15.00 for large businesses with 100 or more employees. In Minnesota, tips and gratuities are not counting towards paying the minimum wage.

In Saint Paul, very large corporations (over 10.000 workers) must pay their workers at least $15.00 an hour, large businesses with between 100 and 10.000 workers must pay no less than $13.50, smaller businesses with 6 to 100 workers $12.00, and small businesses with five or fewer employees have to pay their employees at least $10.75 per hour.

In Minnesota, workers may be exempt from the state’s minimum wage regulations. This may apply to elected officials, taxi drivers, in-house workers such as babysitters, firemen, police officers, employees subject to the Department of Transportation’s regulations (for example, truck drivers, loaders, mechanics), and more categories (read more below).

Minnesota Paycheck Calculator

Our Minnesota Paycheck Calculator converts your hourly pay instantly to weekly, monthly, or annual wages.

How to use our Minnesota paycheck calculator

  1. First, enter your hourly pay.
  2. Second, enter how many hours you work a week.
  3. The paycheck calculator instantly converts your hourly pay to earnings per week, month, or year.

How does the Minnesota paycheck calculator work?

Understanding earnings and paychecks is for workers that get paid by the week, biweekly, or per month usually a relatively uncomplicated process. They will get a paycheck at the end of every period, and at the end of the year, they’ll get their tax forms.

But if you get paid on an hourly basis, things are different and might get more complicated. To help you determine how your hourly earnings compare to annual, monthly, and weekly wages, we designed this paycheck calculator.

Let’s see how our paycheck calculator works: If you enter your hourly earnings and the number of hours you work each week, our paycheck calculator will instantly show you how that translates to earnings per year, month, or week.

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

These results are generated by multiplying your base hourly earnings by the number of hours, weeks, or months you work yearly, assuming you work 40 hours a week.

Minimum Wage in Minnesota

So in most Minnesota areas, the minimum wage is $10.33 an hour, which translates to $82.64 per day, $413.20 per week (at 40 hours), $1790.53 per month, and $21,486.40 per year.

In Minnesota, tip credits against the state minimum wage rate are not allowed. Tipped wait staff, bartenders, or other tipped service workers cannot use their tips to offset the minimum wage. So tipped workers must also be paid at least the state’s minimum wage rate for all work hours.

Not every Minnesota employee is entitled to the state’s minimum wage. Several employee categories are exempt. This applies, for example, to taxi drivers, elected officials, specific high school and college students, babysitters, firemen, police officers, and some truck drivers and loaders, just to mention a few.

Minimum wage exemptions in Minnesota

Not all Minnesota employees are covered by the state’s minimum wage regulations. The following list doesn’t include all exempt categories but includes the main categories. The following Minnesota workers are exempt from the state’s minimum wage requirements:

  • Under FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) regulations, full-time enrolled students participating in work-learn programs at a university may receive 80% of Minnesota’s minimum wage, so $8.78 per hour.
  • In new employment, workers under the age of 20 may receive a trainee wage rate of $8.42 per hour, but for no longer that the first 90 days.
  • Some agricultural or seasonal workers and external salesmen may be exempt from Minnesota’s minimum wage requirements as well.
  • Minnesota employees under the age of 18 may also be paid $8.42 per hour.
  • In-house workers such as housekeepers and babysitters are not required to earn the state’s minimum wage rate.
  • Taxicab drivers, volunteers for nonprofit organizations, workers providing fire or police protection, and employees subject to Department of Transportation regulations, such as drivers, mechanics, or loaders, may also be exempt.

Minnesota overtime wage

Under Minnesota law and FLSA regulations, employers must pay 1.5 times the regular hourly rate for all work hours exceeding 48 in a seven-day work week. That’s the Minnesota law, but if employers and employees are covered by federal law, overtime pay is required for all qualifying work hours over 40 in a seven-day work week.

So overtime pay is 1.5 times, or 150 percent of, an employee’s usual hourly pay. So, the Minnesota minimum overtime pay is $15.49 per hour (1.5 times the minimum rate of $10.33 an hour). Employees that are making more than the minimum hourly rate must earn 1.5 times their usual hourly wage for extra worked hours.

In Minnesota, employers must display workplace posters with information on minimum wages and workers’ rights under state and federal law in highly visible locations and replace these with updated ones when appropriate.

What is work time?

Minnesota law does specify how much time employees have for breaks, but the law states that employers must allow their employees to use the nearest restroom at least once every four hours. It also requires employers to allow sufficient time to have a meal at least once every 8 hours, and breaks 20 minutes or less must also be paid.

The Minnesota minimum wage regulations cover part-time and full-time workers, regardless of whether they are paid by the hour, receive salaries, commissions, piece rates, or tips and gratuities. Under Minnesota law, employers are required to their employees the minimally required rate for all hours worked.

If a job requires that the employee spends long hours traveling to visit clients or customers, then those hours are considered to be work hours. An employee’s regular commute time to get to work or vice versa is not counted as working time.

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