$15 Minimum Wage

On November 14, 2018, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter signed into law a citywide $15 minimum wage ordinance. The signing followed a unanimous vote from the Saint Paul City Council to adopt the ordinance. The City of Saint Paul Minimum Wage Ordinance sets the minimum wage at $15.00 per hour, indexed to inflation, beginning in 2020 for macro businesses. The City of Saint Paul $15 minimum wage ordinance does not contain an adjustment for tipped employees. 

Read the City Minimum Wage Ordinance 

Minimum Wage Schedules

The phase-in period will begin in 2020. The phase-in period length for employers will be dependent on business size, as determined by numbers of employees. The City of Saint Paul and macro businesses will lead the citywide phase-in with its own employees starting on January 1, 2020, and reaching a $15 minimum wage starting July 1, 2022. Please note if the state minimum-wage is higher than the city minimum-wage, employees who are covered by both laws must be paid the higher minimum-wage.

MACRO BUSINESSES (10,000+ employees)

Date

City Minimum Wage Rate

January 1, 2020

$12.50

July 1, 2022

$15.00

January 1, 2023 (and each subsequent year) Adjusted minimum wage rate*

LARGE BUSINESSES (100 – 9,999 employees)

Date

City Minimum Wage Rate

July 1, 2020

$11.50

July 1, 2021

$12.50

July 1, 2022

$13.50

July 1, 2023

$15.00

July 1, 2024

City of Saint Paul rate applies to all large businesses

SMALL BUSINESSES (5 – 99 employees)

Date

City Minimum Wage Rate

July 1, 2020

$10.00

July 1, 2021

$11.00

July 1, 2022

$12.00

July 1, 2023

$13.00

July 1, 2024

$14.00

July 1, 2025

$15.00

July 1, 2026

City of Saint Paul rate applies to all small businesses

MICRO BUSINESSES (Less than 5 employees)

Date

City Minimum Wage Rate

July 1, 2020

$9.25

July 1, 2021

$10.00

July 1, 2022

$10.75

July 1, 2023

$11.50

July 1, 2024

$12.25 

July 1, 2025

$13.25

July 1, 2026

$14.25

July 1, 2027

$15.00

July 1, 2028 City of Saint Paul rate applies to all micro businesses
 

*No later than September 1 of each year, beginning in 2022, the director shall determine the increase in the minimum wage rates to be paid by the City of Saint Paul and macro businesses based on the percentage increase calculated by the Commissioner of Labor and Industry pursuant to Minnesota Statute Section 177.24, subdivision 1 (f) and applicable to the State of Minnesota minimum wage divided by two (2) in 2022 and based on the full percentage increase in each subsequent year rounded to the nearest cent. The director shall announce the adjusted minimum wage rates on September 1 of each year and the new minimum wage rates for City of Saint Paul employees and macro businesses determined under this subsection take effect on January 1 of each subsequent year, beginning in 2023 (224.03(B)(3). 

$15 Minimum Resources 

HREEO is responsible for drafting regulatory guidance and enforcement of the minimum wage ordinance. Additional administrative guidance will be posted in 2019.