Maryland Second State to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10
Citing efforts to strengthen Maryland’s middle class, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law SB 331, which increases the minimum wage in Maryland to $10.10 in stages by 2018.
- January 1, 2015: $8.00 per hour
- July 1, 2015: $8.25 per hour
- July 1, 2016: $8.75 per hour
- July 1, 2017: $9.25 per hour
- July 1, 2018: $10.10 per hour
The move puts Maryland at the top of the nation’s highest paid minimum-wage workers. Connecticut, which recently increased its minimum wage rate, will reach the $10.10 level by 2017.
Democratic Control and the Federal Minimum Wage
Maryland and Connecticut both are led by Democratic Governors and Democratic majorities in their state legislatures, only two states of 13 others have similar Democratic control. The legislation correlates to President Obama’s larger campaign to push the Federal minimum wage to $10.10 before the end of his second term.
Maryland Minimum Wage Increase Affects Postings
Employers in Maryland will need to display the current minimum wage posting in each year the rate changes. The State has issued the 2014 Maryland Minimum Wage and Overtime Law fact sheet, which is available as part of the GovDocs Maryland Posting Package. Each Maryland compliance package (printed poster or PDFs) includes workplace postings required for Maryland employers.