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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The minimum wage in the District will increase from $8.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour for all workers, regardless of employer size, beginning July 1.

Mayor Gray signed the Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 into law on January 15 after unanimous passage by the D.C. Council.

Under the law, the minimum wage will increase by $1 on July 1 each year through 2016, capping at $11.50 per hour in 2017. Beginning July 1, 2017, the minimum wage will increase annually in proportion to the annual average increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area for the preceding 12 months, according to the law.

"I am proud of the role we played in bringing this minimum-wage increase about, because it will enable all District workers to earn a decent living as well as boost average family incomes," Mayor Gray said. "I am also confident that this measure will help stimulate economic growth in our city, as more money in families' pockets will allow our residents to spend more money on goods and services."

The base minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees will remain at $2.77 per hour.

For more information and updates on the minimum-wage increase, visit the DOES website at www.does.dc.gov or call the DOES Office of Wage and Hour at (202) 671-1880.

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