Maine Beacon - Average hourly earnings for private-sector Maine workers increased to $22.70 an hour and total employment increased to an all-time high, with a gain of more than 4,000 seasonally-adjusted jobs from December.
employment gains were seen among Maine’s restaurants and hotels, with
the accommodation and food service sector gaining 700 jobs.
minimum wage increased from $7.50 to $9 an hour in January, with the
sub-minimum base wage for workers who receive tips, like restaurant
servers, increasing from $3.75 to $5 an hour. The minimum wage will
continue to increase on an annual basis until it reaches $12 an hour in
2020. The tipped wage will reach $12 in 2024.