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Missouri minimum wage increases to $7.70 on Jan. 1, 2017

Minimum cash wage paid to tipped employees will rise on same date to $3.85

Missouri’s minimum wage is subject to change each year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, commonly known as CPI-W.  In November, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced the state minimum wage will increase 5 cents to $7.70 effective January 1, 2017.  The minimum cash wage paid to employees who receive tips will rise on that same date to $3.85 per hour, or one-half of the minimum wage.  If tips fail to raise total compensation to at least $7.70, employers are required to make up the difference.

In 2006, voters decided Missouri’s wage floor should be indexed to changes in CPI-W to account for inflation.  Specifically, state law stipulates the wage adjustment is based on the change in the July reading of the CPI-W from one year to the next.  From July 2015 to July 2016 the CPI-W rose 0.4%.

The law contains a provision that the adjusted wage floor is rounded to the nearest 5 cents.  A 0.4% increase in the CPI-W indicates a $7.68 wage, which is then rounded up to $7.70 per hour – the nearest 5 cents.

Recent history of the state’s minimum wage is indicated in the table below.


Missouri employers are required to display the new 2017 Minimum Wage Notice on the date the minimum wage increases.  Labor law posters to keep your business in full compliance with all State and Federal posting requirements are available on MRA’s website.  Order your poster today by clicking this link:  2017 All-In-One Poster

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Author: MRA


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