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What is the Michigan Minimum Wage?

Contact: Wage & Hour Division 517-322-1825

Michigan's minimum hourly wage rate is:

Beginning July 1, 2008  , $7.40 per hour 

Tipped employees may be paid $2.65 per hour provided they receive and report tips that when combined with their hourly rate equals or exceeds the minimum hourly wage rate .

A training wage of $4.25 per hour may be paid to employees 16-19 years of age for the first 90 days of their employment.

Minors under 18 years of age may be paid 85% of the minimum hourly wage rate effective October 1, 2006; those rates are as follows:


 Effective Date 

 Minimum Hourly Wage Rate 

 85% of Minimum Hourly Wage Rate 

  July 1, 2008



July 24, 2009



* The state 85% rate of $6.29 is valid between July 1, 2008 and July 23, 2008, effective July 24, 2008 the federal minimum wage will increase to $6.55 and to $7.25 on July 24, 2009 .   Under Section 14 of Public Act 154 of 1964, as amended, being MCL 408.394 (1) the act states: "Sec. 14. (1) This act does not apply to an employer who is subject to the minimum wage provisions of the fair labor standards act of 1938, 29 USC 201 to 219, unless those federal minimum wage provisions would result in a lower minimum hourly wage than provided in this act."

Questions regarding Federal Minimum Wage information can be directed to: 1-866-487-9243 (1-866-4US-WAGE).

The answers provided are not meant to be a substitute for legal advice.


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