D.C. Minimum Wage Set to Increase to $11.50 by 2016!

Plus: Living Wage Now $13.60

D.C. Minimum Wage Schedule
Effective Date Minimum Hourly Wage Tipped Minimum Wage
7/1/2014 $9.50 $2.77 (as of 1/1/2005)
7/1/2015 $10.50 $2.77
7/1/2016 $11.50 $2.77
7/1/2017 $12.50 $3.33
7/1/2018 $13.25 $3.89
7/1/2019 $14.00 $4.45
7/1/2020 $15.00 $5.00

Woohoo! On January 15, 2014, Mayor Gray signed the “D.C. Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013.”

The Act amends the D.C. Minimum Wage Act Revision Act in several notable respects. First and foremost, it raises the D.C. minimum wage for the first time since July 24, 2009 (when the D.C. minimum wage rose in tandem with the federal minimum wage).

The Act raises the D.C. minimum wage to $9.50 on July 1, 2014, to $10.50 on July 1, 2015, and to $11.50 on July 1, 2016. After that, future annual increases may take place on July 1 of every year to keep pace with inflation. See the chart above for a summary of these changes, including the corresponding increases in the minimum overtime rate.

Also of note: the Act requires that employers of tipped employees certify on a quarterly basis that their tipped employees earned the required minimum wage. Click HERE to see the full text of the Act.

In a related development: the Gray Administration, bowing to pressure from the Council, has raised the D.C. living wage to $13.60.

The “living wage” is the wage required to be paid by certain D.C. contractors and recipients of D.C. government assistance pursuant to the Living Wage Act of 2006. The change is retroactive to January 1, 2014. For more information on recent changes to the living wage, see the Wage and Hour Compliance section of the DOES website.

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