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Office of Wage Hour Compliance

DC Minimum Wage to Increase to $14.00 Per Hour Beginning July 1, 2019

Beginning July 1, 2019, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase from $13.25 per hour to $14.00 per hour for all workers, regardless of size of employer. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the “Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 into law on June 27, 2016, after unanimous passage by the D.C. Council. The law also includes provisions to further increase the minimum wage in subsequent years.

Under the new law, the minimum wage will progressively increase to $15.00 per hour on July 1, 2020, then increasing each successive year starting in 2021 in proportion to the increase in the Consumer Price Index.

As of July 1, 2019, the base minimum wage for tipped employees will increase from $3.89 per hour to $4.45. 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. For employees who receive gratuities, the minimum wage will progressively increase to $5.00 by 2020, beginning in 2021 to increase the minimum wage during each successive year pursuant to the Consumer Price Index.

Internet-based Tipped Wages Reporting Portal for Online Reporting of the Quarterly Wage

District of Columbia Security Officer Minimum Wage Increase

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2019 Living Wage for District of Columbia Contractors is $14.50, Effective January 1, 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, the 2019 Living Wage for contractors of the District of Columbia Government will be $14.50.  For detailed information regarding the 2019 Living Wage for the District of Columbia, please read the updated Living Wage Act of 2019 Fact Sheet and the Living Wage Act of 2019 Notice


The District of Columbia’s Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (the “Act”) became effective on February 26, 2015. The Act makes broad changes to DC’s wage and hour laws, which include the Minimum Wage Act Revision Act, the Living Wage Act, the Wage Payment and Wage Collection Law, and the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act.

The purpose of the Act is to enhance remedies, fines, administrative penalties, and enforcement of wage payment and collection laws by increasing the accountability of employers and strengthening worker protection laws.  Specifically, the Act increases penalties for employers who commit wage-hour violations; provides anti-retaliation protections for workers who hold employers accountable for failing to pay wages owed; establishes a formal hearing process with enforceable judgments; and provides for better access to legal representation for victims of wage payment violations, while making it easier for workers to collect awards from businesses who fail to pay, either in whole or in part, an employee’s regular wages. 

The Office of Wage-Hour Compliance will conduct a comprehensive public education campaign for employers and employees in the coming weeks that include webinars, conference calls, and information sessions. 

Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act 2014

The Office of Wage-Hour conducts compliance audits

Laws enforced by the Office of Wage-Hour Compliance

How to File a Claim

Minimum Wage Impact Study Report


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Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm | Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm