Mid-Year 2021 Minimum Wage Updates

Daniel Rafeedie

April 11, 2021

Keeping up with federal and state regulations can be exhausting for business owners and executives, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the 20+ states with increases to minimum wage at the beginning of 2021, there are several mid-year minimum wage rate hikes to be aware of.


Here's what you need to know.


Locally in the DMV, Virginia raised the minimum wage on  May 1, 2021 to $9.50. Tipped wages remain unchanged at $2.13. On July 1, 2021, DC and Montgomery County, MD are raising the minimum wage. Montgomery County is raising the rate to $15 for employers with over 50 employees and $14 for employers with 50 or fewer employees. A small employer, defined as 10 or fewer employees, will move to $13.50. Tipped wages remain unchanged at $3.63. The District of Columbia is raising the minimum wage to $15.20 per hour and to $5.05 per hour for tipped employees.


Other states increasing minimum wage during 2021


On July 1, 2021, Nevada is raising the minimum wage to $8.75 for employees who are offered health insurance. Nevada employees who are not offered health insurance must receive $9.75 per hour. Also on July 1, Oregon is also raising the minimum wage $12.75.


Connecticut is raising the minimum wage rate to $13 on August 1, 2021. Florida is raising to $10 on September 1, 2021.


It’s important to note that statewide minimum wages apply in areas that are not governed by a higher, local minimum wage ordinance. For example, Montgomery County, MD has a local minimum wage rates that exceed the statewide minimum.


For more information about upcoming changes, check out AARP’s minimum wage article. For the most up to date information, please refer to the Department of Labor’s website for  minimum wage and tipped minimum wage rates.


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