A strong minimum wage helps workers support their families, and it can bolster our economy by increasing the amount of money workers have to spend at local businesses.
In the case of workers who regularly earn tips, like waiters and hairdressers, employers are only required to pay what's called the "tipped minimum wage," which in Massachusetts is well below the regular minimum wage (it is currently $2.63). The law then requires that for any such worker, the combination of hourly pay and tips must be at least as high as the full minimum wage. Our new factsheet, "The Declining Value of the Tipped Minimum Wage in Massachusetts," tracks the history of the tipped minimum wage and finds that:
"The Declining Value of the Tipped Minimum Wage in Massachusetts" is part of MassBudget's ongoing analysis of the Massachusetts minimum wage. Other recent reports include: