KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Minimum wage workers in Missouri will soon get a bigger paycheck.
These employees will see a pay increase from $7.35/hour to $7.50/hour. Those who work a typical eight-hour day will make $1.20 more a day, about an extra $300 per year.
However, minimum wage for waitresses is different since tips are calculated into their salary.
Waitresses at John's Waffle and Pancake House in Kennett will see a pay increase from $3.25 to $3.75 plus tips, but one waitress said that is still not enough.
"Tips average. You may pick up $10, you may pick up a dollar, you may pick up nothing. You never know," waitress Ashley Estes said. "Some days I make minimum wage, some days I make more, some days I make less, sometimes I make way less. It just depends."
Estes has been a waitress for the past 13 years and said this uncertainty makes it difficult to keep up with the growing cost of living.
Missouri is one of 13 states to see a minimum wage increase. The changes will take effect Jan. 1.