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 the size of the employer.
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.
Effective January 1, 2020, until June 30, 2020, the Living Wage will be $14.65 per hour.
Effective July 2020, the living wage rate and the minimum wage rate are $15.00 per hour.
Starting July 1, 2020, the Minimum Wage in D.C. will increase to $15.00 per hour, which we anticipate will exceed the Living Wage Rate. At this point, all Employers will be required to pay their employees no less than the Minimum Wage, $15.00 per hour. Please read the Living Wage Increase Notice for July 1, 2020.
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The Office of Wage-Hour conducts compliance audits and works to recover unpaid wages for employees who have not been paid pursuant to DC wage laws, either administratively or through court action. Wage-Hour compliance involves ensuring adherence to the wage laws of the District of Columbia by holding employers accountable to the laws.
Please click on the link above for wage law information for Employers. Information includes required postings, notice to hire, wage law notices, Minimum Wage Tip Portal and more.
Please click on the link above for wage law information for Employees. You can find information on how to file a claim, types of claims, claim forms, factsheets, posters, and FAQs.
Education and Enforcement
Please click on the link above for information on laws enforced by the Office of Wage-Hour. You will also find wage law posters, fact sheets, notices, rulemaking, reports, and webinars.