District of Columbia Minimum Wage Increase in Effect; Maryland Soon to Follow

Today, July 1, 2014, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia undergoes its first increase in a three-tiered hike, increasing to $9.50 per hour for all District employees.  The base minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees remains at $2.77 per hour.  By July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in the District will become $11.50 per hour, to be increased as follows:           

  • July 1, 2014: $9.50
  • July 1, 2015: $10.50
  • July 1, 2016: $11.50 

The District of Columbia will mail new D.C. Minimum Wage workplace posters to all employers in the District.  

Maryland is also set to increase its minimum wage rate up to $10.10 per hour, starting January 1, 2015.  Minimum wage increases in Maryland are slated to be rolled out as follows: 

  • January 1, 2015: $8.00
  • July 1, 2015:       $8.25
  • July 1, 2016:       $8.75
  • July 1, 2017:       $9.25
  • July 1, 2018:     $10.10 

The State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s mandated Maryland Minimum Wage and Overtime poster containing the updated minimum wage rates is available here.  


Information contained in this publication is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney.