Maine Minimum Wage for 2016, 2017
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Maine's state minimum wage rate is $9.00 per hour. This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. You are entitled to be paid the higher state minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Maine, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.†
The Maine minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $1.75 from $7.25 to $9.00. Maine's minimum wage rate is linked to a Consumer Price Index, which is intended to raise the rate along with inflation. The current minimum wage rate is re-evaluated yearly based on these values.
Maine's minimum wage was raised to $7.50 per hour in October 2009. Tipped employees in Maine may be paid as little as 50% of the current minimum wage in cash, and must be allowed to keep all of their tips (mandatory tip pooling is not allowed).LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE
Bangor will have a minimum wage of $8.25 effective on January 1, 2017 increasing to $9.00 (1-1-18) and 9.75 (1-1-19). Future increases after 2019 will be tied to the CPI. Portland Currently has a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour. It will increase to 10.68 on Jan 1, 2017 with annual increases based on the CPI beginning in 2018.
Maine exempts several types of employees from the minimum wage, including any who are employed in one or more of the following industries:
- Agricultural and farm workers
- Taxi drivers
- Employees at seasonal recreation camps
- Home assembly workers
- Immediate members of the employer's family
Maine employers may not pay you under $9.00 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
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All Maine employers must display an approved Maine minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Maine labor law.
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Maine Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Maine labor law requires all employers in Maine to visibly display an approved Maine minimum wage poster, and other Maine and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Maine labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Maine labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
The Maine minimum wage poster, and additional required Maine labor law posters, are also available on the Maine labor law posters download page.
Maine Overtime Minimum Wage
All workers who put in over 40 weekly hours are entitled to a minimum wage of at least 1.5 times the regular applicable minimum wage (learn more about Maine overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Maine law does not specify a daily overtime limit).
The FLSA guarantees all ME employees adequate overtime compensation for all qualifying overtime hours worked. If your employer does not pay adequate overtime wages, you can file an unpaid overtime claim with the Maine Department of Labor.
Maine Minimum Wage Exemptions
In addition to any Maine-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers. You may be paid under the Maine minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Maine Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Maine to pay a new employee who is under 20 years of age a training wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.
- Maine Tipped Minimum Wage - See Here - Employees who earn a certain amount of tips every month may be paid a lower cash minimum wage, but must earn at least $9.00 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Maine tipped minimum wage.
Local Minimum Wage Rates in Maine
While Maine's state minimum wage is $9.00 per hour, there are localities that have set their own, higher minimum wages that apply to some or all employees within their jurisdictions. The following is a table of all Maine localities with established minimum wage laws.
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Frequently Asked Questions - Maine Minimum Wage & Labor Law
- What is the Maine minimum wage?
The current Maine minimum wage of $9.00 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Maine can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Maine waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
- How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin Maine?
A full time minimum wage worker in Maine working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $72.00 per day, $360.00 per week, and $18,720.00 per year1. The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $16,020.00 per year.
- What is the Maine under 18 minimum wage?
Maine employers may pay 18 year olds and minors the youth minimum wage of $4.25 for the first 90 days of employment. Other labor law exemptions for minors in Maine may exist.
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1 These earnings estimates do not account for the Maine income tax , federal income tax, or local/municipal income taxes.
2 Poverty line for a family of two in the lower 48 published 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services