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Be ready for possible pay changes for employees as voters on November 8 approved a Maine minimum wage increase in 2017. Three other states—Arizona, Colorado, and Washington—also approved increases. Maine’s minimum wage will increase to $9.00/hour on January 1, 2017 and then $1 each year to reach $12.00/hour in 2020.

The wage for tipped employees in Maine will also increase from half the standard minimum wage to $5.00/hour on January 1, 2017, and then increase by $1 each year until it reaches the regular minimum wage for all other workers, with a 2024 deadline.

For workers in the City of Portland, the minimum wage is higher and will rise to $10.68/hour on January 1, 2017. Future increases after 2020 in Maine and after 2017 in Portland will be based on the consumer price index.

Current Rate 2017 2018 2019 2020
Maine $7.50 $9.00 $10.00 $11.00 $12.00
City of Portland $10.10 $10.68

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