LANSING — Michigan’s minimum wage will rise by 22 cents to $9.87 an hour on Jan. 1.
State law requires annual increases in the wage until it reaches $12.05 in a decade. The 22-cent raise was supposed to occur in 2021 but was automatically delayed because of high unemployment early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state announced this past week that the minimum wage for 16- and 17-year-olds will increase by 19 cents to $8.39 an hour. Employees who make tips will earn a base wage of $3.75 per hour, 8 cents more.
Employers must pay any shortfall if the gratuities plus the minimum wage do not equal or exceed the standard minimum wage.