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Missouri minimum wage increase in 2022


The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced the minimum wage in Missouri is set to increase on Jan 1. The minimum wage will increase from $10.30 to $11.15. This aligns with scheduled annual wage increases in accordance with Missouri’s Proposition B, which was voted into law in 2018.

The measure was set to increase the minimum wage from $7.85 (2018) to the following: 

  • $8.60 in 2019
  • $9.45 in 2020
  • $10.30 in 2021
  • $11.15 in 2022
  • $12.00 in 2023

Thereafter, the minimum wage was set to increase or decrease each year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

The 85 cent increase applies to all private businesses, except for retail and service businesses whose gross annual sales are less than $500,000. Employers must also pay tipped employees at least half of their minimum wage, plus the amount necessary to bring the employee’s total compensation to $11.15 per hour. Most agricultural and farm employees are exempt from the wage increase.

Additionally, Missouri Governor Mike Parson proposed a 5.5% pay increase, as well as $15 an hour for state employees. Parson's plan would take effect Feb. 1 but first needs the approval of state lawmakers, whose annual session begins in January. 

According to U.S. News report, the pay increase would cost $91 million for the remainder of the 2022 fiscal year that ends in June and an additional $218 million for the next budget year. More than half of that money would come from general state revenues, with the rest from other sources.



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