Advocates for a $15 minimum wage filled the County Council building last year before the council approved a bill to raise the wage incrementally to $15 per hour by 2024 Credit: Andrew Metcalf

The county’s minimum wage will rise next month, part of continuing annual increases that will eventually bring the rate to $15 per hour for all county workers by 2024.

On July 1, the rate will increase from $11.50 per hour to $12.25 per hour for businesses with 51 or more employees. Businesses with 50 or fewer workers will be required to pay $12 per hour.

The rate will continue to incrementally rise each year until reaching $15 per hour for large employers in 2022, mid-size employers in 2023 and employers with less than 11 employees by 2024.

The County Council unanimously approved legislation last year to raise the wage to $15 per hour.

Here is a schedule for the incremental raises, all of which go into effect July 1 of the specified year:

  • Large Businesses (more than 50 employees)
    • 2018 – $12.25
    • 2019 – $13
    • 2020 – $14
    • 2021 – $15
  • Mid-size businesses (11 to 50 employees)
    • 2018 – $12
    • 2019 – $12.50
    • 2020 – $13.25
    • 2021 – $14
    • 2022 – $14.50
    • 2023 – $15
  • Small businesses (fewer than 11 employees)
    • 2018 – $12
    • 2019 – $12.50
    • 2020 – $13
    • 2021 – $13.50
    • 2022 – $14
    • 2023 – $14.50
    • 2024 – $15