Today, the statewide minimum wage in Maryland increased from $8.25 per hour to $8.75 per hour.  This represents a regularly-scheduled increase as part of the Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014 (the “Act”), which will increase the minimum wage in Maryland from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by July 2018.  The next scheduled increase under the Act will occur on July 1, 2017 when the minimum wage will increase to $9.25 per hour.

Employers in Montgomery County, Maryland have a separate special minimum wage increase that goes into effect today.  Today, the minimum wage for employers operating in Montgomery County increases from $9.55 per hour to $10.75 per hour.  Prince George’s County, Maryland has also adopted its own minimum wage increase, but no increases in Prince George’s County go into effect today.  On October 1, 2016, however, the minimum wage in Prince George’s County will increase from $9.55 per hour to $10.75 per hour.  Both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County have enacted laws to increase the minimum wage in their respective jurisdictions to $11.50 per hour by the end of 2017.