The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has announced that, effective January 1, 2013, the minimum wage for non-exempt employees will increase from $7.64 to $7.78 per hour. Moreover, the minimum wage that tipped employees must be paid increases from $4.62 to $4.76 per hour, whereas the maximum tip credit employers may apply towards meeting their minimum wage obligation remains $3.02 per hour. Colorado joins Missouri, Vermont, and 7 other states that will have increased minimum wage rates in 2013.