For the first time since July 2009, the Missouri minimum wage will exceed the federal rate. The Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced that, effective January 1, 2013, the state minimum wage for non-exempt employees will increase from $7.25 to $7.35 per hour. Moreover, the minimum wage that tipped employees must receive increases from $3.63 to $3.68 per hour, and the maximum tip credit employers may take increases from $3.62 to $3.67 per hour. The Missouri announcement comes a few days after Vermont announced an increased 2013, and shortly after a host of other states announced higher minimum wage obligations for employers in 2013.