Maryland workers who earn minimum wage should see a bump in their next paycheck after the new year. The state minimum wage is increasing from $12.50 to $13.25 for any business with at least 15 employees.

Minimum wage paid by businesses with fewer employees will increase too, from $12.20 to $12.80 an hour, according to state law.

But the economic reality statewide has changed since 2019, when the legislature approved that wage hike as part of a gradual increase from $10.10 to $15 an hour in 2025 for businesses with 15 or more employees and 2026 for smaller businesses.

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