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Michigan’s Minimum Wage Will Increase on January 1, 2022

December 8, 2021

Courtesy of Yeo & Yeo

Michigan’s minimum wage rate will increase to $9.87 on January 1, 2022, an increase from the current $9.65. Michigan’s Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act establishes the annual schedule and increases.

The Michigan Wage & Hour Division announced that while the law prohibits scheduled increases when the state’s average unemployment rate for the preceding year is above 8.5%, it is highly unlikely Michigan will exceed this threshold, causing another delay as occurred in 2021.

Effective January 1, 2022:

  • Michigan’s minimum wage will increase to $9.87 an hour.
  • The 85% rate for minors aged 16 and 17 increases to $8.39 an hour.
  • Tipped employees rates of pay increases to $3.75 an hour.
  • The training wage of $4.25 an hour for newly hired employees ages 16 to 19 for their first 90 days of employment remains unchanged. 

A copy of the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act and related resources, including the required poster, may be obtained for free by visiting

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