Tipped Wage


18 states use the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13. There are 32 states and D.C. that have a tipped minimum wage above the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13.

Tipped workers are paid the regular minimum wage in 8 states (i.e., there is no tipped minimum wage).

There are 24 states and D.C. that have a tipped minimum between the federal $2.13 and the regular state minimum wage.
Economic Policy Insitute – Tipped Wage Tracker

Because of preemption of minimum wage in 2003. Cities in Texas are denied the ability to determine their own wages.

We believe there should be other means to helping poor and middle class families living in the city of Houston.


  • Make the republicans in the Texas legislature look ridiculous by tying the current tipped wage of $2.13 to inflation. This roughly comes out to a 5 cent raise every year
  • Amend the Texas constitution and let cities set tipped wage


Texas Constitution
Code – Labor
Chapter – 62 Minimum Wage
Section – 62.0515 Application of Minimum Wage to Certain Government Entities; Certain Agreements with Governmental Entities

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tipped wage calculation


BLS – Unemployment Rates for States

DOL – Minimum Wages for Tipped Employees

Joe’s Crab Shack Gets Rid of Tipping for Employees

The Long, Uphill Fight to End Restaurant Tipping

Nebraska Legislative bill looks to raise tip wages

Lawmakers considering minimum wage hike that will affect tipping

New York Tipped workers to ring in the New Year with a raise

Hillary Calls For Raise In ‘Tipped’ Minimum Wage, Despite History Of Stiffing Service Workers

NPR – After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

NPR – Danny Meyer To Banish Tipping And Raise Prices At His N.Y. Restaurants

Buzz Feed – A Group Of Restaurant Owners Say The Time Has Come To End Tipping

New York Times – Tips and Poverty

New York Times – Why Tip?

New York Times – An Outspoken Force to Give Food Workers a Seat at the Table

Bill Moyers – The Minimum Wage For Tipped Workers Hasn’t Increased Since the Fall of the Soviet Union

Ford Foundation – American tipping is rooted in slavery—and it still hurts workers today

LA Weekly – Another Step in the March Toward a No-Tipping America

Sun Sentinel – Some South Florida restaurants eliminate tipping

DCist – Washington DC Mayor: Minimum Wage Law Includes Tipped Workers, But At A Lower Wage

D.C. Mayor Fleshes Out Minimum Wage Plan, Including Boost For Tipped Workers

Bloomberg – Tipped Workers Want In on Push for Higher Minimum Wage

Des Moines Register – Minimum wage hike may hinge on tipped workers

Bangor Daily News – These Maine workers would benefit most from a higher minimum wage

Eater – New York’s Proposed Overtime Overhaul Would Give Restaurant Workers Hefty Raises

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