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District of Columbia Minimum Wage Increase

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, the District’s minimum wage is set to increase from $8.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour for all workers, regardless of the size of employer.  The “Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013” was signed into law by Mayor Gray on January 15, 2014 after unanimous passage by the D.C. Council.

Under the new law, the minimum wage will increase by $1.00 on July 1 each year through 2016, until it reaches $11.50 per hour. Beginning July 1, 2017, the minimum wage will then increase annually in proportion to the annual average increase in the Consumer Price Index.  The base minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees will remain at $2.77 per hour. However, if an employee’s hourly tip earnings (averaged weekly) added to the base minimum wage do not equal the District’s full minimum wage, the employer must pay the difference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mohammad Sheik, Department of Employment Services, Deputy Director, Labor Standards Bureau at 202-671-0588.