Minimum Wage: District of Columbia
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Updating Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor
- The District of Columbia's minimum wage is currently $11.50. Annual increases will bring the minimum wage to $15.00 by July 1, 2020. Every year thereafter, it will be adjusted to keep pace with the rate of inflation. See Minimum Wage.
- Employers may take a credit against their minimum wage obligations for the cost of lodging and meals. See Credit for Lodging and Meals and Credit for Tipped Employees.
- Employees are entitled to an additional hour's pay at the minimum wage for each day during which they work a split shift. See Split Shifts.
- There is a minimum daily wage for employees who report for work under general or specific instructions but are given no work or less than four hours of work. See Minimum Daily Wage.
- An alternate minimum wage rate applies to security officers. See Security Officers.
- Some workers with disabilities may be paid less than the minimum wage under certain conditions. See Subminimum Wages.
- Employers are required to pay to the cost of uniforms, tools and travel. See Uniforms, Tools and Travel.