NEW LAW: Maryland Minimum Wage To Increase To $15 By 2025

On March 28, 2019, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override the governor’s veto of a minimum wage bill (SB 280).  In taking this action, the Maryland legislature has enacted a new law increasing Maryland’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025.

Under this new law, minimum wage in Maryland will start to increase in 2020 in accordance with the following schedule:

For large employers (employers with 15 or more employees)

  • January 1, 2020 — $11.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2021 — $11.75 per hour
  • January 1, 2022 — $12.50 per hour
  • January 1, 2023 — $13.25 per hour
  • January 1, 2024 — $14.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2025 — $15.00 per hour

For small employers (employers with 14 or fewer employees)

  • January 1, 2020 — $11.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2021 — $11.60 per hour
  • January 1, 2022 — $12.20 per hour
  • January 1, 2023 — $12.80 per hour
  • January 1, 2024 — $13.40 per hour
  • January 1, 2025 — $14.00 per hour
  • January 1, 2026 — $14.60 per hour
  • July 1, 2026 — $15.00 per hour

The new law takes effect on June 1, 2019, with the first increase occurring on January 1, 2020.  It is recommended that all Maryland employers prepare for these increases.