Living Wage Ordinance

The Living Wage Ordinance was passed by the Boston City Council and approved by the Mayor on September 4, 1998. The purpose of this Ordinance is to assure that employees of vendors who contract with the City to provide services earn an hourly wage that is sufficient for a family of four to live on or above the poverty line.

The current Living Wage is $13.89 an hour and will stay in effect until June 30, 2015. The living wage is subject to an increase each July 1.

Since the ordinance was implemented, the City has awarded two thousand eight hundred and fort four (2,844) contracts that are covered. These contracts cover twenty-one thousand, seven hundred and eighty three (21, 783) employees.


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  • Boston Living Wage


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    $1.67 per square foot

  • State Minimum Wage

    $8.00 per hour

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