Increasing the Maryland minimum wage to $15 in 2023 advances gender and racial justice: Share of workers in each demographic group who would get a direct or indirect pay rase under the Fair Wage Act of 2023

Group Share of workers affected
Men 6.1%
Women 8.5%
White 5.5%
Black 10.0%
Hispanic 10.9%
AAPI 4.6%

Notes: AAPI stands for Asian American and Pacific Islander. Race/ethnicity categories are mutually exclusive (i.e., white non-Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, AAPI non-Hispanic, and Hispanic any race). Directly affected workers will see their wages rise to the new minimum wage; indirectly affected workers have wages just above the new minimum (up to 115% of the new minimum) and will receive a raise as employer pay scales are adjusted upward. 

Source: Economic Policy Institute Wage Simulation Model; see Technical Methodology by Cooper, Mokhiber, and Zipperer (2019). 

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