More on the Minimum Wage in the Mid-Atlantic


Although the federal minimum wage remains $7.25, most states in the mid-Atlantic region have implemented higher minimum wage rates. In addition to the proposed rule increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors, discussed elsewhere in this E-Update, there were several other relevant developments in July.

Delaware enacted a law that increases the minimum wage in steps from the current $9.25 to $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2025. The first increase comes on January 1, 2022, to $10.50 per hour. Employers are also required to display a mandatory poster, which is available here.

On July 1, 2021 the minimum wage in Montgomery County, Maryland increased to $15.00 per hour for employers with more than 50 employees, $14.00 for mid-sized and certain other employers, and $13.50 for small employers Our November 30, 2017 E-Update provides more detail on this law. The required poster is available here.

We also remind employers that many other states and local jurisdictions have minimum wage rates above the federal rate, including the following throughout the Mid-Atlantic region:

  • Maryland: $11.75 per hour. The required poster is available here.
  • District of Columbia: $15.00 per hour, with a tipped wage of $5.00 per hour. The required poster is available here.
  • New Jersey: $12.00 per hour for most employers, with seasonal and small (fewer than 6 employees) at $11.10 per hour, and agricultural employers at $10.44 per hour. The tipped wage rate is $4.13 (The tipped wage rate for tipped employees, together with any tip credit, must meet the minimum wage. Employers are responsible for making up any shortfall.) The required poster is available here.
  • Virginia: $9.50 per hour. Virginia does not require a state minimum wage posting.
  • West Virginia: $8.75 per hour. The required poster is available here.