The Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) is available to help businesses understand their Minimum Wage responsibilities. To make Minimum Wage compliance as efficient as possible, HREEO has provided the following employer resources. The Saint Paul business community can also contact city staff for business assistance or questions.

Read the Minimum Wage Ordinance    Read the Minimum Wage Final Rules   

To get started, figure out your business size under the Minimum Wage Ordinance:

Business Size flowchart 

Note: Employers must count all employees whether employed full-time, part-time, jointly with another employer, or on temporary basis, including employees not located in Saint Paul.

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Minimum Wage Schedules

Your minimum wage rate depends on your employer's business size: 

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 Wage Schedule

If you have employees under the age of twenty (20), you may be able to pay the youth wage or youth training wage under specific circumstances. Review the Rules and FAQs for the youth wage criteria. If you have qualified employees, follow the youth wage schedule:

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

Workplace Notice Posters  

Employers must post and provide notice to their employees of their minimum wage rights. You must notify your employees of their minimum wage rights. The city provides workplace posters for you to use: 

ESST Min Wage Poster 8-31-22

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster 

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster - Spanish

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster - Hmong 

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster - Karen

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster - Somali 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know Your Responsibilities 

Read the Rules, FAQs, and Ordinance to fully understand your responsibilities. Contact HREEO at 651-266-8966 with any additional questions. 

Minimum Wage Investigation Process

Minimum Wage Appeals Process Flowchart

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Minimum Wage Rules (Hmong)

Minimum Wage Rules (Spanish)

Minimum Wage Rules (Somali)

 

Minimum Wage Frequently Asked Questions (English)

Minimum Wage Frequently Asked Questions (Hmong)

Minimum Wage Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish)

Minimum Wage Frequently Asked Questions (Somali)

 

Minimum Wage Employer Checklist and Self-Audit (English)

Minimum Wage Employer Checklist and Self-Audit (Hmong)

Minimum Wage Employer Checklist and Self-Audit (Spanish)

Minimum Wage Employer Checklist and Self-Audit (Somali)

 

Last Edited: September 2, 2022