What You Need to Know About Washington D.C.’s Minimum Wage

What You Need to Know About Washington D.C.’s Minimum Wage
What is the minimum wage in Washington D.C. in 2024? Square has everything you need to know about upcoming minimum wage changes.
by Square Nov 20, 2023 — 3 min read
What You Need to Know About Washington D.C.’s Minimum Wage

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Washington, D.C. has considered minimum wage raises for years. With increases that took effect in 2023, there may be some confusion for businesses. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to help those in the D.C. area understand the impact of recent and upcoming minimum wage changes. This way, you can plan ahead and strategize accordingly.

Let’s dive into Washington D.C.’s minimum wage for 2024 and beyond.

What is the minimum wage in Washington D.C.?

The minimum hourly wage for non-tipped employees in Washington D.C. increased to $17.00 on July 1, 2023. The minimum wage for tipped employees increased to $8.00 per hour. However, if an employee’s hourly earnings with tips — based on a weekly average — do not equal D.C.’s full minimum wage, the employer must pay the difference.

This increase applies to all individuals who work within the District of Columbia. A person is considered to work in the district when: 


Will the minimum wage change in 2024?

In November, 2022, D.C. passed an initiative to eliminate the sub-minimum tipped wage so that all tipped workers will receive the full minimum wage of at least $17.00 plus tips. The minimum regular cash wage increased to $8.00 with a $9.00 maximum tip credit, effective July 1, 2023. The minimum regular cash wage will continue to increase each year until it reaches $17.00 on July 1, 2027, with no maximum tip credit. 

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

The minimum wage in Washington D.C. recently increased to $17.00, and that increase impacts employees and business owners across the District of Columbia. Here are some key considerations for employers to keep in mind over the coming months:

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