Minimum wage increases in DC and MD

The minimum wage in the District of Columbia has increased from $10.50 to $11.50 per hour beginning July 1, 2016 for all workers, regardless of the size of the employer. Students and minors are exempt from the minimum wage, and instead must be paid at least the Federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour.

In Maryland the state minimum wage has increased from $8.25 per hour to $8.75 per hour on July 1, 2016. The minimum wage is scheduled to increase again to $9.25 on July 1, 2017, and finally to $10.10 per hour on July 1, 2018.

There is a separate special minimum wage increase for employers in Montgomery County, Maryland that also went into effect on
July 1. The minimum wage for employers in Montgomery County increased from $9.55 per hour to $10.75 per hour.

Prince George’s County, Maryland also has its own minimum wage increase. On October 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Prince George’s County will increase from $9.55 per hour to $10.75 per hour.

Both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County have enacted laws to increase the minimum wage in their respective jurisdictions to $11.50 per hour by the end of 2017.