Minimum Wage Increases to $10.50 Today, Making the Second of Three $1+ Jumps Effective today (July 1, 2015), the minimum wage in the District of Columbia has increased to $10.50 an hour. When the Minimum Wage Amendment Act was passed by a unanimous Council in 2013, the District’s minimum wage stood at $8.25 an hour. In July of 2014, the wage leapt up $1.25 to $9.50 an hour. After this July’s $1 increase, a final large increase will take place in July of 2016, when another $1 bump will take the wage to $11.50 an hour. In subsequent years, increases in the minimum wage will be tagged to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).