The minimum wage in Delaware for 2021 is set to be sitting at $9.25 per hour, the same rate as the previous year (2020). It is important to keep an eye on the Delaware minimum wage due to the state often increasing the minimum wage rate multiple times a year.

It is deemed unusual for states to change their minimum wage more than once in a calendar year, however, it seems to be becoming a more common occurrence with the same happening to the Minimum Wage in Connecticut, as it also changed more than once in a calendar year, so keeping up to date is with Delaware’s minimum wage is important.

Delaware has a history of keeping the same minimum wage over long periods of time, between 2009 and 2014 the Delaware state minimum wage remained a consistent $7.25 per hour (federal minimum wage).

Since staying at $8.25 for 4 consecutive years, 2019 saw the minimum wage increase, not once, but twice, increasing by a whole dollar per hour in less than a year.

Hold On!

If you would like to see the history of the minimum wage in Delaware over the past 10+ years, we have created a bar graph showing you the minimum wage each year and also a convenient PDF you can download. It is located at the bottom of this page.

Did the Delaware Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Delaware minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage increased in 2020 from $8.75 per hour in 2019 to $9.25 in 2020, however, since then there has been no increase to the minimum wage in Delaware, despite talks of a mid-year increase in April 2021.

Minimum Wage in Delaware

Delaware Minimum Wage 2021

Since the Delaware minimum wage increase in January 2020, the state hosted the general assembly, in which they decide on the following year’s minimum wage structure (Delaware minimum wage 2021), among other important state affairs.

Since the assembly, there has still not been an increase to the Delaware minimum wage in 2021 and there will not be one within the year. The minimum wage in Delaware for 2021 is the same rate it was in 2020 – $9.25 per hour.

With the latest minimum wage rate being released, it is important to be aware of the exceptions to the minimum wage in case you are affiliated with one of the following industries or job roles:

  • Employees working in Agriculture.
  • Employees in domestic service or working for private homes.
  • U.S. Government employees.
  • Outside commission paid salespeople.
  • Bonafide executives, administrators, and professionals.
  • Employees involved in fishing and fish processing.
  • Volunteer workers.
  • Delaware tipped employees (those who earn tips as part of their wage).
  • Summer camp or Junior camp employees.

You can find out more about Delaware’s wage laws, worker’s rights, and other issues you may have at the official Delaware Department of Labor website.

Delaware Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Delaware’s minimum wage over the years since 1983. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents.

StateMinimum Wage Year$ Wage Increase% Increase
Delaware Minimum Wage 2022$10.502022$0.252.4%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2021$10.252021$1.0010.8%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2020$9.252020$0.505.7%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2019$8.752019$0.506%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2018$8.252018$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2017$8.252017$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2016$8.252016$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2015$8.252015$0.506.4%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2014$7.752014$0.506.9%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2013$7.252013$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2012$7.252012$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2011$7.252011$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2010$7.252010$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$0.101.4%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2008$7.152008$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2007$6.652007$0.508.13%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2006$6.152006$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2005$6.152005$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2004$6.152004$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2003$6.152003$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2002$6.152002$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2001$6.152001$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 2000$6.152000$0.508.84%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1999$5.651999$0.509.7%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.42%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.5011.76%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4511.84%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$0.4513.43%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$0.3511.66%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1986$3.001986$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1985$3.001985$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1984$3.001984$00%
Delaware Minimum Wage 1983$3.001983$00%

Delaware minimum wage history for 10+ years – downloadable PDF below

Delaware minimum wage history

Delaware Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF