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2023 Minimum Wage Increases in MA and RI

January 05, 2023

New year, new minimum wage in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read up on the new wages here.

Attention Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents…effective January 1, 2023 both states’ minimum wage rates have increased. Here’s what you should know.

What are the new wages?


Effective January 1, 2023, the minimum wage in the Bay State is $15.00 per hour, up from $14.25 in 2022. For workers who provide services to customers and make more than $20 per month in tips will receive a service rate of $6.75, up from $6.15 in 2022.

This increase is part of Governor Charlie Baker’s Grand Bargain legislation signed in 2018 that promised a gradual minimum wage increase from $11 (2018’s rate) to $15.

Note that in addition to workers who receive tips, the $15 rate does not apply to agricultural workers, members of religious orders, workers being trained in certain educational and nonprofit organizations and outside salespeople.

Rhode Island

Effective January 1, 2023, the minimum wage in the Ocean state bumps up to $13, from $12.25 in 2022. RI’s increase is part of state legislation that gradually increases the state’s minimum wage to $15 in 2025.

The minimum wage for tipped workers remains $3.89 per hour.

Additionally, the following groups will receive 90% of the $13 rate, so $11.70:

  • Any children 14-15 who work less than 24 hours per week
  • Anyone under 19 working in nonprofit, religious, educational, library or community service organizations

What is the federal minimum wage?

This remains $7.25 in 2023 for non-tipped hourly workers. The tipped minimum wage is $2.13 per hour.

Are other states increasing wages in 2023?

Yes, in addition to MA and RI, the following states and Washington, D.C. have higher wages effective January 1, 2023 (some had increases effective sooner).

Note that some states are marked with an asterisk as their increases take effect later in 2023.

Will inflation continue to impact workers in 2023?

Yes, MA legislators expect the increase to be “eaten up by inflation”. In MA, for example, the increase between 2022 and 2023 is about 5.3%, whereas the national rate of inflation is 7.1%.

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