On November 14, 2018, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter signed into law a citywide 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 beginning in 2020 for macro businesses. The City of Saint Paul minimum wage ordinance does not contain an adjustment for tipped employees. 

Read the City Minimum Wage Ordinance                  Read the City Minimum Wage Rules 

Find Minimum Wage Employer Resources                Find Minimum Wage Employee Resources

City of St. Paul Jurisdictional Boundaries

Businesses and individuals can use the map of Saint Paul City Council Wards to verify whether an employee is working in the City of Saint Paul. Individuals can either type in a specific address, or use the map to zoom in on city boundaries. If "No Results" are found based on an address search, the address is not located within the City of Saint Paul. 

Minimum Wage Schedules

Macro Businesses &
City of Saint Paul - More than 10,000 employees &
City of Saint Paul employees
Rate increase date Rate
July 1, 2020 $12.50 
July 1, 2021 $12.50 
July 1, 2022 $15.00 
January 1, 2023 $15.19*
January 1, 2024 City Rate*
January 1, 2025 City Rate*
January 1, 2026 City Rate*
January 1, 2027 City Rate*
January 1, 2028 City Rate*
Large Businesses  101 - 10,000 employees
Rate increase date 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 Rate*
July 1, 2025 City Rate*
July 1, 2026 City Rate*
July 1, 2027 City Rate*
July 1, 2028 City Rate*
Small Businesses  6 - 100 employees
Rate increase date 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 Rate*
July 1, 2027 City Rate*
July 1, 2028 City Rate*
Micro Businesses- 5 or fewer employees
Rate increase date Rate
July 1, 2020 $9.25
July 1, 2021 $10.00 
July 1, 2022 $10.75
July 1, 2023 $11.5
July 1, 2024 $12.25
July 1, 2025 $13.25
July 1, 2026 $14.25
July 1, 2027 $15.00
July 1, 2028 City Rate*

*The rate is based on a percentage increase calculated by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 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 rate determined through this process for the City of Saint Paul and macro businesses as of January 1, 2023, will be $15.19. 

Youth Training 

Youth Wage
Rate increase date Rate
July 1, 2020 $8.25
July 1, 2021 $9.35 
July 1, 2022 $10.20
July 1, 2023 $11.05
July 1, 2024 $11.90
July 1, 2025 $12.75
After July 1, 2025 85% of the City minimum wage, rounded to the nearest nickel

If you employ youth workers under the age of twenty (20) years in a city-approved youth-focused training or apprenticeship programs, the minimum wage rate cannot be less than eighty-five (85) percent of the city minimum wage for small employers rounded up to the nearest nickel. 

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Youth Employment

Employees who are fourteen (14)—seventeen (17) years of age must be paid not less than eighty-five (85) percent of the city minimum wage for small employers and rounded to the nearest nickel during their first ninety (90) days after the date of hire. After more than ninety (90) days after the date of hire, employees who are fourteen (14)—seventeen (17) years of age shall be paid the applicable city minimum wage

Read more about youth employment and minimum wage

Youth Minimum Wage Notice

View the Youth and Training Minimum Wage Adjustment Notice 

Minimum Wage & Earned Sick and Safe Time Public Service Announcement in Hmong 

HREEO collaborated with 3HmongTV and Councilmember Nelsie Yang to do a Hmong PSA regarding the annual Minimum Wage increases and also to inform employees of their right to accrue and use ESST if they work within the geographic boundaries of the city. You can learn more by watching the PSA by Councilmember Nelsie Yang. 

HREEO koom tes nrog 3HmongTV thiab Councilmember Nelsie Yang tshaj tawm qhia txog tias St. Paul yuav nce qhov minimum wage rau cov pejxeem ua hauj lwm hauv St. Paul txhua xyoo thiab yog nej muaj mob nej muaj txoj cai siv ESST. Cov cais no tasus hais txog cov uas hawjlawm hauv St. Paul xwb. Mloog Councilmember Nelsie Yang cov lus yog nej xav paub ntau dua. 

Minimum Wage and ESST PSA 

Minimum Wage Complaints

If an employee believes their minimum wage rights have been denied, please complete a Complaint Form and submit it to the Labor Standards Unit for review. After receiving the complaint, a city staff member will follow up with the complainant within five (5) business days. 

Complaint form 

City's Minimum Wage Rules additional languages:

Minimum Wage Rules (Hmong)

Minimum Wage Rules (Spanish)

Minimum Wage Rules (Somali)

Last Edited: September 1, 2022