On November 8, 2022, DC Voters passed the "District of Columbia Tip Credit Elimination Act of 2021" aka Initiative 82, by a very large margin. Starting in the Spring of 2023, DC's subminimum tipped wage (currently $5.35 per hour) will graudally increase a few dollars each year and by 2027 Initiative 82 will ensure all tipped workers receive DC's full minimum wage of at least $16.10 plus tips on top!

Vast Majority of Restaurant Workers Support Raising the Tipped Minimum Wage

On July 1-7, 2021, Lake Research Partners designed and administered an online survey of 300 restaurant workers (who work as waiters, servers, or bartenders) in the District of Columbia. The results of the survey, which you can be downloaded here, show that an overwhelming majority of tipped workers support raising the base wage (currently $5.05 per hour) in the District of Columbia.

Here’s two slides from the survey: