Minimum Wage in Maine

Author: Jason Coles

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The minimum wage in Maine for 2023 is $13.80 per hour, after a January increase from the previous rate of $12.75. This increase represents a $1.05 increase, which equates to 8.2%, and is one of the biggest minimum wage increases of the year for all states and also makes Maine’s minimum wage one of the highest in the U.S.

Every state has a specific minimum wage, typically 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.

Did the Maine Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below showcases the minimum wage in Maine over the past several years, dating back to 2018, when the rate was just $10.00 per hour, and ending in our current year, 2023.

Maine Minimum Wage 2023

In 2023, the minimum wage increased to $13.80 per hour, which was a $1.05 wage increase from 2022. This wage increase was over double the wage increase in 2022 when Maine increased the minimum wage to $12.75 per hour from $12.15 per hour 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 no surprise that Maine, like some other states, has seen a modest, but much-needed increase to the minimum wage.

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 or employment situations may be able to pay their employees a lower minimum wage which is offset by tips.

Below are the Maine minimum wage exemptions:

  • If you work in the hospitality industry, such as a restaurant or cafe worker (Maine servers), and receive tips from your employer then the minimum wage is slightly different as you will be earning a base wage and tips on top of this.
  • The tipped minimum wage in Maine is exactly half of the current 2023 minimum wage at $6.90 per hour, however, your employer must make up for the rest of the minimum wage in tips, making the tip credit in Maine $6.90 per hour.
  • The student minimum wage in Maine is $11.73 per hour (85% of the regular minimum wage).
  • The minimum wage for those under 20 is $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment. After this, you will be paid the minimum wage rate for Maine.
  • If you surpass 40 hours in a working week then you will be subject to overtime pay for those hours, which is 1.5 times the minimum wage rate, equalling $20.70 per hour!

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 1983! 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 2023$13.802023$1.058.2%
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%
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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.