Minimum Wage in Delaware

Author: Jason Coles

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The minimum wage in Delaware for 2022 is set to be sitting at $10.50 per hour, a $1.00 increase from the previous year of 2021. It is important to keep an eye on the Delaware minimum wage due to the state often increases 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.

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 2022 from $9.25 per hour in 2021 to $10.50 in 2022.

Minimum wage in Delaware

Delaware Minimum Wage 2022

Delaware last increased its minimum wage rate in January 2022, this is after a general assembly was hosted in 2019 to ensure the minimum wage would begin moving up after 2021.

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 2023$11.752023$1.2511.9%
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

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Jason Coles

Jason Coles is the Founder of Foreign USA and its Chief Content Writer and Editor. Recognized as a prolific business plan writer by many prominent immigration attorneys in the U.S., Jason has written over 1,200 business plans over the past 16+ years for start-ups looking to establish and expand their footprint in the United States.