Maryland Minimum Wage and Overtime Law - Employment Standards Service (ESS)
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- Maryland Minimum Wage and Overtime Law
- Maryland Minimum Wage and Overtime Law for Montgomery County - Effective July 1, 2021
- La Ley de Maryland Salario Mínimo y Tiempo Extra
- La Ley de Montgomery County Salario Mínimo y Tiempo Extra - Effective July 1, 2021
- Maryland Minimum Wage and Overtime for Howard County – Effective, April 1, 2022
- La Ley de Howard County Salario Minimo y Tiempo Extra - Effective April 1, 2022
Find more information regarding the Montgomery County Minimum Wage.
Howard County Minimum Wage Poster
BACKGROUND: Howard County Council Passes Landmark Minimum Wage Legislation Ellicott City, MD (December 7, 2021) – On December 6, the Howard County Council voted to pass Council Bill 82-2021, legislation that will improve and strengthen the local minimum wage in Howard County, Maryland. The legislation, sponsored by Councilmembers Opel Jones and Christiana Rigby, will gradually raise Howard County’s minimum wage from its current rate of $11.75 per hour to $16 per hour over the next several years. After several hours of discussion and voting, CB82-2021 was passed by the County Council in a 4-1 vote.
(Labor and Employment Article, Title 3, Subtitle 4, Annotated Code of Maryland)
Minimum Wage Rates
$12.50 Effective 1/1/22 (Employers with 15 or more employees)
$12.20 Effective 1/1/22 (Employers with 14 or fewer employees)
$11.75 Effective 1/1/21 (Employers with 15 or more employees)
$11.60 Effective 1/1/21 (Employers with 14 or fewer employees)
$11.00 Effective 1/1/20
$10.10 Effective 7/1/18
$9.25 Effective 7/1/17
$8.75 Effective 7/1/16
Minimum Wage Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Most employees must be paid the Maryland State Minimum Wage Rate.
Tipped Employees Tipped Employees (earning more than $30 per month in tips) must earn the State Minimum Wage Rate per hour. Employers must pay at least $3.63 per hour. This amount plus tips must equal at least the State Minimum Wage Rate. Subject to the adoption of related regulations, restaurant employers who utilize a tip credit are required to provide employees with a written or electronic wage statement for each pay period showing the employee’s effective hourly rate of pay including employer paid cash wages plus tips for tip credit hours worked for each workweek of the pay period.
Effective June 1, 2019, amusement and recreational establishments must pay employees the required Minimum Wage Rate.
Effective June 1, 2019, employees under 18 years of age must earn at least 85% of the State Minimum Wage Rate.
Most employees must be paid 1.5 times their usual hourly rate for all work over 40 hrs. per week. Exceptions:
- Bowling establishments, and institutions providing on-premise care (other than hospitals) to the sick, the aged, or individuals with disabilities for all work over 48 hrs. per week
- Agricultural workers for all work over 60 hrs. per week (Maryland Wage and Hour Agriculture Exemptions brochure)
Minimum Wage and Overtime Exemptions:
- Immediate family member of the employer
- Certain agricultural employees
- Executives, administrative, and professional employees
- Volunteers for educational, charitable, religious, and non-profit organizations
- Employees under 16 working less than 20 hours per week
- Outside salespersons
- Commissioned employees
- Employees enrolled as a trainee as part of a public school special education program
- Non-administrative employees of organized camps
- Certain establishments selling food and drink for consumption on the premises grossing less than $400,000 annually
- Drive-in theaters
- Establishments engaged in the first canning, packing or freezing of fruits, vegetables, poultry, or seafood
Overtime Only Exemptions
(must earn the State Minimum Wage Rate):
- Taxicab drivers
- Certain employees selling/servicing automobiles, farm equipment, trailers, or trucks
- Non-profit concert promoter, theater, music festival, music pavilion, or theatrical show
- Employers subject to certain railroad requirements of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Act, and the Interstate Commerce Commission
- Seasonal amusement and recreational establishments that meet certain criteria
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO FILE A COMPLAINT, CONTACT:
Employment Standards Service
Maryland Department of Labor
10946 West Golden Drive, Suite 160
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031
E-mail address: email@example.com
EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO POST THIS INFORMATION.
PAY RECORDS MUST BE KEPT FOR 3 YEARS ON OR ABOUT THE PLACE OF WORK.
PENALTIES ARE PRESCRIBED FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW