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Minimum Wage: District of Columbia

Minimum Wage requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Meredith S. Campbell and Fred S. Sommer, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA

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.