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Buy the All-in-One Professional Labor Law Posters instead of printing multiple pages. These posters contain both Federal and State laws, and help employers avoid posting fines and possible workplace conflicts such as wage and hour disputes, harassment, or discrimination.

The minimum wage in Massachusetts is $15.00 per hour as of January 1, 2023. Tipped employees must be paid a minimum of $6.75 per hour provided that their tips bring them up to at least $15 per hour. If the total hourly rate for the employee including tips does not equal $15 at the end of the shift, the employer must make up the difference.

There are a few exceptions to the minimum wage law. For example, certain agricultural workers, employees of religious organizations, and students employed by their school are not covered by the minimum wage law.

Employers who violate the minimum wage law may be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 for each violation.

Here are some additional details about the Massachusetts minimum wage law:

  • Who is covered? The law applies to all employers in Massachusetts with at least one employee.
  • What is the minimum wage? The minimum wage is $15.00 per hour as of January 1, 2023.
  • What are the exceptions to the minimum wage? The minimum wage does not apply to:
    • Employees who are paid in tips and earn at least the minimum wage when tips are included.
    • Certain agricultural workers
    • Employees of religious organizations
    • Students employed by their school
  • What are the employer’s responsibilities? Employers are required to:
    • Pay employees the minimum wage.
    • Keep records of employee wages.
    • Not retaliate against employees for enforcing their rights under the minimum wage law.
  • What are the employee’s responsibilities? Employees are required to:
    • Work for the wage that their employer is required to pay them.
    • Not falsely claim that they are entitled to the minimum wage.

If you have any questions about the Massachusetts minimum wage law, you can contact the Massachusetts Department of Labor at 617-626-4444.