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Minnesota's minimum-wage rates increased on Aug. 1, 2015. To help employers understand the requirements, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has updated its minimum-wage fact sheets; both are available at

As of Aug. 1, 2015

  • Large employers must pay at least $9 an hour (annual gross volume of sales made or business done of $500,000 or more).
  • Small employers must pay at least $7.25 an hour (annual gross volume of sales made or business done of less than $500,000).
  • Training wage rate is $7.25 an hour (90-day training rate paid to employees who are younger than 20 years of age).
  • Youth wage rate is at least $7.25 an hour (paid to employees younger than 18 years of age).

Other minimum-wage laws

  • Minimum-wage rates apply to all hours worked, whether part time or full time.
  • Employees must be paid at least the minimum-wage rate, no matter how they are paid.
  • No employer may take a tip credit against wages in Minnesota.
  • Examples of workers exempt from minimum-wage requirements include: bona fide executive, administrative or professional workers; babysitters; and volunteers of nonprofit organizations.

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