District of Columbia

Standard Minimum Wage
$15.90 / hour

The minimum wage is the entry-level hourly wage paid to employees by their employer.

Tipped Minimum Wage
$5.30 / hour

The tipped wage is the base wage for employees who earn tips (such as servers and bartenders). Tipped employees are guaranteed to earn the minimum wage when tips are included.

Related Blog Posts

March 18, 2022

Analysis: $15 Tipped Minimum Wage Would Cost DC Restaurant Workers Nearly $9M in Earnings; 2,300 Jobs

This isn’t the District of Columbia’s first rodeo attempting to hike the minimum wage required for restaurant employees earning tips. But new analysis shows how devastating the 200% increase…
February 25, 2022

Disgraced Labor Group Returns to DC To Try to Eliminate Tip Credits One More Time

After a ballot measure defeat in 2018, collapse of its no-tipping experiment, and a discrimination lawsuit – the Restaurant Opportunities Center and its advocacy nonprofit One Fair Wage (OFW) are…
June 25, 2021

Initiative 77 Didn’t Represent DC Restaurant Workers in 2018, and It Doesn’t Now

Ballot Initiative 77 sought to eliminate the District of Columbia’s tip credit, and instead require traditionally-tipped restaurant workers to be paid the regular minimum wage, a practice that often incentivizes…
January 26, 2016

Washington, DC’s, Lesson in Unintended Consequences

Walmart recently announced plans to close 154 of its U.S. locations by the end of the month.  Among the list of closures are stores in high-minimum wage markets including Long…

External Links

Chapter 10. Minimum Wages.

Code of District of Columbia