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Maryland Minimum Wage and Overtime Law – Employment Standards Service (ESS)
Effective July 1, 2018, please be advised that the minimum wage rate for Maryland will increase to $10.10 and the minimum wage rates for Montgomery County will increase to $12.25 for employers with 51 or more employees and $12.00 for employers with 50 or fewer employees.
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Minimum Wage Rates
- $8.75 Effective 7/1/16
- $9.25 Effective 7/1/17
- $10.10 Effective 7/1/18
Effective Oct. 1, 2017, the new minimum wage for Prince George’s Co. increases to $11.50/hr. Employers in this county are required to post the applicable rate information
Most employees must be paid the Maryland State Minimum Wage Rate.
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 (Maryland Wage and Hour Law: Tip Credit brochure and Allowable Tip Credits For Employees Earning Minimum Wage brochure (Word)).
Amusement and Recreational Establishments: must pay employees at least 85% of the State Minimum Wage Rate or $7.25, whichever is higher (Maryland Wage and Hour Amusement and Recreational Establishment Exemptions brochure).
Employees under 20 years of age: must earn at least 85% of the State Minimum Wage Rate
for the first 6 months of employment.
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:
- 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 salesman
- 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
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