D.C. minimum wage increases to $12.50

The John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW holds the offices for the mayor and D.C. Council. (photo courtesy of Josh Gibson)

D.C.’s minimum wage increased from $11.50 to $12.50 per hour on Saturday, and the minimum wage for tipped workers went from $2.77 per hour to $3.33 per hour.

This milestone under the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 is the first step in raising the minimum wage to $15, which will take effect by 2020. For tipped workers, this is the first increase in the minimum wage in 12 years.

“This increase will put more money in the pockets of working families, and put more people on pathways to the middle class,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a news release.