Montgomery County Minimum Wage Increases July 1

On July 1, the minimum wage in Montgomery County will increase to $16.70 for employers with 51 or more employees and $15 for employers with 50 or fewer employees. A small employer with ten or fewer employees must pay $14.50 hourly.

The minimum wage will again increase in Montgomery County on July 1. Sponsored by then-County Council member and current County Executive Marc Elrich, Bill 28-17 raises the minimum wage incrementally each July 1.

After hitting the $15 minimum wage rate in 2021, the law requires the Chief Administrative Officer to adjust the rate yearly. The CAO set the rates based on the consumer price index for all urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W) for Washington-Baltimore.

Most employees must be paid at least the Montgomery County minimum wage rate. Employees aged 18 and under, working under 20 hours per week, are exempt from this rate. Employees under 18 must earn at least 85 percent of the State minimum wage rate.

An employer who provides “home health services” or “home or community-based services” and receives at least 75 percent of gross revenues through state and federal Medicaid programs may apply to the Office of Human Rights for designation as an eligible services provider subject to an adjusted implementation schedule.

More information about the County’s minimum wage increase will be available later this year.