Impact of the Increase in the Massachusetts Minimum Wage to $12

By Jeremy B. Thompson, December 26, 2018
Massachusetts Poverty Rate Flat, Median Income Growth Slowed in 2017
Total wage increase of $817.5M in 2019 for 662,000 workers


$12 minimum wage will benefit 15% of working parents; 79% of working teens; 255,000 kids


40% of retail workers; 68% of food service workers; 34% of human services workers


29 percent of Black/African American workers; 36 percent of Hispanic/Latinx workers; 18 percent of White workers


Of workers benefiting from increase to $12: 88% are adults; 58% are women; 52% work full-time


Of workers benefiting from increase to $12: 11% are Black/African American; 17% are Hispanic/Latinx; 65% are White