The fast-food giant announced it will paying $1 more than minimum wage starting July 1 and could be over $10 an hour.
Local workers say it's still not enough, they plan to keeping fighting for better paychecks.
Protesters gathered outside a Six Mile and Livernois McDonald's location Thursday chanting for $15 an hour.
The raises are coming to those working at company-owned McDonald's employee, which makes up about 10 percent of all employees.
"The reason we want $15 is because we have a family and it's not enough," said Chris Drumdom, a protester. "We can't live off $8.15."
Michigan's minimum wage is $8.15.
"I'm making hamburgers, I'm cleaning, I'm dealing with so many rude customers - something the manager is not doing," said Lawanda Williamson, a protester.
Management is offering other incentives like free high school completion and college tuition assistance. Full- and part-time workers at company-owned locations can start to accrue personal paid time-off.
"They can't even pay phone bills, house notes, car notes," said Pastor W.J. Rideout, a protest coordinator.
FOX 2: "Why can't they get another job and don't go to McDonald's?"
"They ought to provide them with more money," Rideout said.
In a statement, McDonald's spoke about the extra benefits provided but did not talk about the protest:
"We believe this initial step only benefits our employees, it will improve the McDonald's restaurant experience."
"If they don't give us $15 an hour," Rideout said. "We will come after them on April 15."
April 15, or 4-15-15 an hour, has been set for scheduled for protests across the nation and internationally.