What You Need to Know About Delaware’s Minimum Wage

What You Need to Know About Delaware’s Minimum Wage
Everything you need to know about Delaware's minimum wage.
by Square Oct 02, 2023 — 1 min read
What You Need to Know About Delaware’s Minimum Wage

Minimum wage increases are gaining in popularity across the country. But with so many changing laws on the federal, state, and local levels, what’s actually happening where you live and work can get confusing.

We’ve got you covered on what’s happening next with the Delaware minimum wage and what you need to do as a small business owner to be prepared.

What is the minimum wage in Delaware?

The Delaware minimum wage is increasing to $13.25 an hour on Jan. 1, 2024, $6.00 higher than the federal minimum wage.

Effective December 29, 2021, there is no longer a training or youth wage. Employers in the State of Delaware must pay employees, including youth (14-17 years old), at least the state’s minimum wage. For employees who receive tips in Delaware, minimum wage is $2.23. 

Will Delaware’s minimum wage change beyond 2024?

In late July 2021, Delaware Gov. John Carney signed a bill that will progressively raise the state standard minimum wage to $15 by January 1, 2025.

Hourly wage rate Effective date
$10.50 January 1, 2022
$11.75 January 1, 2023
$13.25 January 1, 2024
$15.00 January 1, 2025

How should small business owners prepare for changes to the minimum wage?

We recommend taking the following steps to ensure you’re prepared:


While these are helpful guidelines to follow, you should discuss Delaware minimum wage laws with your accountant and lawyer to make sure your business is prepared and stays in compliance.

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