In May of 2014, a law passed in Michigan to steadily increase the minimum wage over the next few years.

Effective Date  Minimum
Wage Rate
 Before September 1, 2014 $7.40
 September 1, 2014 $8.15
 January 1, 2016 $8.50
 January 1, 2017 $8.90
 January 1, 2018 $9.25


As of this January, the $8.50/hr wage is in effect. This is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and the higher of the federal and the state minimum wages applies. You can read this page on LARA’s website for exceptions to this rule in the case of wages paid for training and wages paid to workers aged 16-17.

Will the Michigan minimum wage actually follow this schedule until January 2018? There are some activists who would like to see a $15/hr minimum wage effective immediately. There are others who think the current law is already raising wages too high. The next couple years could see some big changes in regards to minimum wage, so it’s critical that business owners stay informed.