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    Effective January 1, 2024

    Minimum Wage in the City of Rockland is $15.00 per hour.

    Service Employees
    •A service employee is someone who regularly receives more than $179 a month in tips.•An employer may consider tips as part of a service employee’s Minimum Wage.•An employer must pay tipped workers a “direct wage” of at least $7.08 cash per hour.•If a service employee’s direct wage and total tips do not equal or exceed $15.00 per hour, the employer must pay the service employee the difference.

    Applicability of State Law

    Employers must still comply with all labor laws of the State of Maine, as detailed in Title26.This includes:

    o  Which workers are eligible for overtime pay;

    o  Notice to employees.

    Know Your Rights
    If you feel that your wages do not comply with this ordinance, please consult a lawyer about your legal rights under this ordinance.



    The following information describes the City of Rockland’s implementation of the Local Minimum Wage ordinance approved by voters on the November 2020 ballot.

    Employers with more than 25 employees shall pay all Employees no less than the Minimum Wage established by this ordinance for each hour worked within the physical boundaries of the City of Rockland.  The local minimum wage will increase to $13.00 per hour beginning on January 1, 2022; increase to $14.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2023; increase to $15.00 per hour beginning on
    January 1, 2024; and then the Local Minimum Wage will increase annually based on the percentage increase to the cost of living.

    “Service employee” means any employee engaged in an occupation in which the employee customarily and regularly receives more than $175 a month in tips.  The “tip wage”, or service employee minimum wage, beginning on January 1, 2022; shall be no greater than half the Local Minimum Wage rate established by this ordinance.

    For further information regarding the Local Minimum Wage Ordinance, please refer to; Local Minimum Wage Ordinance | The City of Rockland, Maine (

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