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$12.75

What is the minimum wage in Maine?

The minimum wage in Maine is $13.80 per hour as of January 1, 2023. This is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The minimum wage in Maine for tipped employees is $6.90 per hour. However, if the employee's tips combined with the hourly wage do not equal the minimum wage, the employer must make up the difference.

Maine's minimum wage applies to all workers, regardless of age, race, or sex. However, there are some exceptions, such as workers with disabilities and full-time students working in certain jobs.

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$22.51

What is the average wage in Maine?

The average wage in Maine is $21.30 per hour. The median wage in Maine is 22.51 per hour. The top 10 percent of earners in Maine make an average of $28.04 per hour, while the bottom 10 percent earn an average of $15.87 per hour.
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$22.10

What is the living wage in Maine?

The living wage in Maine is 22.10 per hour. This is the wage that a single person needs to earn to support themselves, assuming they are working full-time and are not relying on public assistance.

Wages aren’t everything!

While pay is one of the main factors that hourly employees consider when choosing to join (or stay at) a company, it’s not the end all be all. Research shows that advancement opportunities, supportive management, and schedule flexibility are all incredibly important as well.

Want to learn more about this trend? We dive deep into the data behind which perks and benefits matter most to hourly workers. Check out our full conversation with expert Sara Wasserteil of Cara Collective.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between gross wages and net wages?

It's important to remember that the Hourly Wage Index data above reflects gross wages, or the amount of money an employee earns before accounting for payroll deductions like taxes, benefits, or wage garnishments. Due to variability in tax rates across locations, slightly lower gross wages in a certain location might result in higher take home pay, or vice versa.

What is a good hourly wage?

This question is a difficult one to answer, as a "good hourly wage" is highly subjective according to experience, work responsibilities, cost of living, and other factors. We recommend using Hourly Wage Index data as a starting point. Once you have established a baseline for certain positions, do further research into similar businesses in your area.

Lastly, consider surveying your employees. They're the best resource to help you know what is a good hourly wage, what competitive pay looks like in your location, and how competitive wages change in your industry over time.

Offering competitive pay is one of my top priorities—what other resources do you have that might help?

We know that getting applicants to pay attention to your business can be extremely challenging, and that offering competitive pay is a huge part of that. Wages aren’t everything, however! Applicant experience is another important factor that can help set you apart from your competition. A few examples include:

  • Short, easy to understand job descriptions
  • Mobile-friendliness
  • Quick communication
  • Streamlined interview stages
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