The minimum wage in Delaware for 2021 is set to be sitting at $10.25 per hour after a $1.00 increase at the beginning of April 2021. 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.

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 2021 from $9.25 per hour in 2020 to $10.25 in 2021 (effective 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.

In this assembly, it was agreed that the minimum wage for employees in Delaware would increase to $10.25 per hour, effective April 2021, increasing by 1 dollar from the previous minimum wage (2020).

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With the latest minimum wage increase, 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.
  • 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. And to find out more information regarding the Minimum Wage in all US States check out our page that has a table in alphabetical order of all 50 states.

There are many interesting facts about Delaware that you probably haven’t heard of. Feel free to check out a comprehensive list of them that also includes some very important economic facts if you are looking to start your own business or franchise or get a job in the state.

Delaware Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Delaware’s minimum wage over the years since 2008. 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 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 history for 10+ years – downloadable PDF below

Delaware minimum wage history

Delaware Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF




EIN Number Delaware

As a Delaware business owner and employer, or someone that is looking to register an LLC or an incorporated company in Delaware with the goal of hiring employees, now, or in the future, you will need to have a Delaware EIN number.

An EIN is also known as an Employer Identification Number and is issued by the internal revenue service (IRS). We have created a guide on how to get your Delaware EIN with the IRS, and it includes links to the appropriate sources and forms and the differences between whether you are a U.S. citizen or foreign national applying for a Delaware EIN.