Eric Jochim

HELENA (KPAX) — Montana’s minimum wage will increase by 35¢ on January 1, 2024.

A 2006 voter-passed law ties the Montana minimum wage to inflation.

According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, the current minimum wage will go from $9.95 an hour to $10.30 an hour.

The 35¢-an-hour increase follows last year’s 75¢-an-hour increase, which was the largest in more than a decade.

Statistics show about 19,00 people in Montana, or just over 4% of the population, are paid the minimum wage.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.