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The start of 2016 marks something that hasn’t happening in Rhode Island since 1996, tipped workers (bartenders, wait staff, waitresses, waiters and others) will see a minimum wage increase.

Beginning on January 1st, 2016; the minimum wage increased from $2.89 to $3.39, an increase of 50 cents per hours.

On January 1st, 2017; the minimum wage will increase from $3.39 to $3.89 for tipped workers’.

Gina Raimondo has estimate that approximately 51,000 Rhode Island workers will earn more with the increase.

Tipped Credit

Rhode Island allows employers to take a tip credit. Employers must pay tipped employees at least $3.39 an hour. If an employee doesn’t earn enough in tips to bring his or her total compensation up to at least the full state minimum wage rate an hour, the employer must make up the difference.

State Minimum Wage

Also, the state’s minimum wage will see an increase by 60 cents per hour on Friday, January 1st; from $9 to $9.60. Tipped workers will see an increase of 50 cents per hour, to $3.39, the first raise to tipped workers’ minimum wage in Rhode Island in 20 years.

The 2016 increase represents the eighth increase since Rhode Island implemented a State minimum wage in 1999.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.