Minimum Wage in New Castle County, Delaware

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Newark, DE Minimum Wage and Wage Claims

What Is the Minimum Wage in Newark, DE?

You are entitled to the highest minimum wage that applies where you work, whether set by your city, county, or state government. (Most cities and counties don’t have their own minimum wage laws.)

New Castle County Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in New Castle County is $13.25, the state minimum wage. 

Delaware Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Delaware is $13.25 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in Delaware must be paid at least $13.25 an hour. 

Visit to learn more about Delaware’s minimum wage.

What Is the Tipped Minimum Wage in Newark, DE?

Some states and local governments allow employers to pay tipped employees a lower minimum hourly wage; others don't. 

Delaware Tipped Minimum Wage

In Delaware, your employer may pay you a minimum wage of $2.23 an hour, as long as you earn enough in tips to bring your total hourly pay up to the full minimum wage, $13.25 an hour. If you don’t earn enough in tips to bring your compensation to the full minimum wage, your employer must make up the difference.


Who Enforces Newark, DE Minimum Wage Laws?

Delaware Enforcement Agency

If you have questions about Delaware's minimum wage, contact the

Delaware Department of Labor


Phone: Wilmington: 302-761-8200; Dover: 302-422-1134

Find the phone number and address of the closest office of the Delaware Department of Labor at


How to File a Wage Claim in Newark, DE

If you were not paid the minimum wage in Newark, DE, you may have the right to file a wage claim or complaint with a government agency. Be sure to look at the wage claim materials (below) for the agency that enforces the law you believe was violated, whether city, county, or state. 

All jurisdictions impose a time limit on how far back you may claim unpaid wages, so it's important to file your claim quickly. There may be other restrictions on the claims you may file, such as dollar-amount limits or limits on the agency’s ability to force employers to comply with the law. You may be required to ask your employer to pay you correctly before you file a claim. And, you almost always have the option to go straight to court and file a lawsuit instead of filing a wage claim with a government agency. For these reasons, it often makes sense to talk to an experienced wage and hour lawyer to make sure you know all of your options, understand the strength of your claims, and decide how to proceed.

Filing a Wage Claim with the Delaware Department of Labor

Find the form and instructions to file a wage claim in Delaware at the Delaware Department of Labor website.


Get Help With Newark, DE Wage Claims and Lawsuits

If you are considering filing a wage claim or lawsuit, you may want to speak to a local wage and hour attorney. The resources below can help you find a lawyer near you.

Newark, DE Free or Low-Cost Legal Assistance

Legal aid offices provide free legal assistance to low-income people. Typically, you must qualify for legal aid based on your income. Visit Legal Services Corporation of Delaware to find local resources and legal aid offices.

Some law schools have free legal clinics that provide assistance with specific problems, including wage and hour issues and other employment matters. Find a list of law schools offering legal clinics on a variety of issues at the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono.


Newark, DE Lawyer Directories

Lawyer Referral Services in Delaware. Check with the Delaware State Bar Association for information on lawyer referral services in Newark, DE. Lawyer referral services match people with attorneys who specialize in particular legal fields, such as wage and hour law.

NELA’s “Find-A-Lawyer” Service. Search the National Employment Lawyer’s Association’s membership to find Newark, DE lawyers who specialize in wage and hour claims and other employment issues.


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