What Is the Minimum Wage in Delaware?

Dayton Uttinger  | 

Delaware’s minimum wage laws are rapidly changing. Different rates apply to different groups, and new laws coming into effect led to two separate rate increases in 2019 (one at the beginning of the year, another in October).

2019 Minimum Wage in Delaware: $8.75 per hour

The minimum wage in Delaware is $8.75 per hour, more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Delaware has committed to raising their minimum wage in accordance with the Consumer Price Index, in order to keep up with inflation.

That being said, there are some exceptions to Delaware’s minimum wage law. However, employees are still entitled to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, unless they also fall under the category for federal minimum wage exemptions. These exceptions apply to:

  • Employees working in agriculture;
  • Employees working in a private home as a domestic helper;
  • Salespeople paid by outside commission;
  • Employees working in fishing or fish processing at sea;
  • Junior camp counselors, provided that the camp program is run by a non-profit;
  • Employees between the ages of 14 and 17, or employees in the first 90 days of employment, can be paid $8.25 per hour instead.

Tipped: $2.23 per hour

Tipped employees only have to receive $2.23 per hour worked under Delaware law. The assumption is that they make up the difference in tips. Any employee that regularly receives more than $30 per month in tips is considered a “tipped employee.”

If tipped employees do not make at least $8.75 per hour when adding their tips to their hourly wage, then the employer must make up the difference.

Weekly: $350

The weekly minimum wage is calculated by taking the hourly minimum wage ($8.75) and multiplying it by 40, the number of hours traditionally worked in a full workweek. This results in $350 per week.

Annually: $18,200

The annual minimum wage is calculated by taking the weekly minimum wage ($350) and multiplying it by 52, the number of weeks in a year. This results in $18,200 per year.

This does not take into account taxes, time off, or holiday pay.

Overtime: $13.13 per hour

Overtime pay kicks in after an employee has worked more than 40 hours in a week. Each hour after that is worth 1.5 the employee’s hourly wage. Since the minimum wage is $8.75, the overtime minimum wage is $13.13 per hour.

Delaware Minimum Wage Increase News

Beginning October 1st, 2019, the minimum wage will be increased again to $9.25 per hour. Based on MIT’s living wage calculator, this is still under the living wage of $12.68 per hour for one adult in Delaware.

However, $9.25 per hour works out to $370 per week and $19,240 a year.

There are two more planned increases to Delaware’s minimum wage. On October 1st, 2020, the minimum wage will be $9.75 per hour. On October 1st, 2021, it will increase to $10.25 per hour.


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Dayton is a chronic Wikipedia addict, which is detrimental to her social life but stellar for her writing. She resides in Boise, ID, surrounded by her own frantic outlines, highlighted encyclopedias, and potatoes. The latter was not by choice.

This post was updated July 16, 2019. It was originally published July 16, 2019.