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New Year, New Minimum Wage Rates: 2019 Rates for DC, Maryland and Virginia

January 3, 2019

Welcoming 2019 not only brings fresh calendars and lofty resolutions, but it also signals that various states’ and localities’ minimum wage rates are set to increase. The federal minimum wage rate will remain the same: $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. As for changing state and local minimum wage rates, increases become effective on July 1, 2019. The good news is that there is still time to act before these new rates go into effect.

The chart below summarizes the 2019 minimum wage rates for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, with changing rates highlighted in bold.

Please be advised: employers performing work on or in connection with government contracts should ensure they are complying with the applicable minimum wage rates set by the federal, state or local government.  Contact us if you have any compliance questions or concerns.


Meredith “Merry” Campbell

Gregory D. Grant

Joy C. Einstein


The contents of this Alert are for informational purposes only, and do not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions about this Alert, please contact the Shulman Rogers attorney with whom you regularly work or a member of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Law Group.