When you are doing business in the United States, whether that be as a business owner, or an employee it is crucial to understand and know the law and, subsequently, your rights when it comes to the minimum wage. Whether that’s paying employees or being paid yourself. Let’s look at the minimum wage in Maine.

Every state has a specific minimum wage, most are measured via the consumer price index for that state, also taking into account inflation and cost of living. However, there are still many states that use the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour as a guide on what workers should be paid as a basic minimum wage, fortunately for those working in Maine, this is not the case.

The Maine minimum wage in 2022 is $12.75 per hour which is $5.50 per hour higher than the federal minimum wage, making Maine’s minimum wage the joint 7th highest minimum wage rate out of all 50 states. The Maine minimum wage in 2021 was $12.15 per hour, 60 cents less than the current 2022 rate.

Most employers will have to abide by the minimum wage set for their state by paying the correct wage to all employees they hire. However, in some cases, employers in certain industries may be able to pay their employees a lower minimum wage which is offsets by tips.

Did the Maine Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Maine minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2022 from $12.15 per hour (in 2021) to $12.75 per hour in 2022. In 2021, it increased to $12.15 per hour from the previous rate of $12.00 (in 2020).

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Maine Minimum Wage 2022 and 2021

The Maine minimum wage in 2022 increased by 60 cents from $12.15 per hour in 2021 to $12.75 per hour in 2022. The Maine minimum wage 2021 increased by 15 cents, from $12.00 per hour in 2020 to $12.15 in 2021. Minimum wage increases are usually based on inflation, a rise in the cost of living, and due to everything that transpired over the prior year, it comes as little surprise that Maine, like some other states, has seen a modest, but much needed increase to the minimum wage.

For employees working in the hospitality industry such as servers in Maine that are eligible to receive tips, the maximum tip credit per hour they can receive is $6.38 and the minimum direct service wage is $6.38 to make up roughly the $12.75 Maine minimum wage for 2022.

Going forward, it doesn’t seem like Maine has any plans to stop increasing the minimum wage each year, which is a positive reflection on the state of the economy in Maine and how it takes care of its workers.

The Maine Department of Labor enforces the minimum wage in Maine, if you have any questions or concerns, check out their website. You can also check back to this page often as it receives constant updates and news regarding the minimum wage in Maine.

Maine minimum wage history

The table below provides the history of Maine’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.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Maine Minimum Wage 2022$12.752022$0.604.9%
Maine Minimum Wage 2021$12.152021$0.151.25%
Maine Minimum Wage 2020$12.002020$1.009%
Maine Minimum Wage 2019$11.002019$1.0010%
Maine Minimum Wage 2018$10.002018$1.0011%
Maine Minimum Wage 2017$9.002017$1.5020%
Maine Minimum Wage 2016$7.502016$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 2015$7.502015$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 2014$7.502014$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 2013$7.502013$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 2012$7.502012$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 2011$7.502011$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 2010$7.502010$0.253.4%
Maine Minimum Wage 2009$7.252009$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 2008$7.252008$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 2007$7.002007$0.253.7%
Maine Minimum Wage 2006$6.752006$0.253.84%
Maine Minimum Wage 2005$6.502005$0.152.36%
Maine Minimum Wage 2004$6.352004$0.101.6%
Maine Minimum Wage 2003$6.252003$0.508.69%
Maine Minimum Wage 2002$5.752002$0.6011.65%
Maine Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.42%
Maine Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.5011.76%
Maine Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4010.38%
Maine Minimum Wage 1990$3.851990$0.102.66%
Maine Minimum Wage 1989$3.751989$0.102.73%
Maine Minimum Wage 1988$3.651988$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 1987$3.651987$0.102.81%
Maine Minimum Wage 1986$3.551986$0.102.89%
Maine Minimum Wage 1985$3.451985$0.102.98%
Maine Minimum Wage 1984$3.351984$00%
Maine Minimum Wage 1983$3.351983$00%