WASHINGTON — The latest minimum wage increases in D.C. and Maryland are now in effect.

As of Wednesday, the minimum wage in the nation’s capital is $10.50 an hour. That’s higher than in any state, although a handful of cities have approved minimum wages higher than the District’s.

Maryland’s minimum wage is going up a quarter, from $8 to $8.25.

The D.C. Council approved the minimum-wage increase in late 2013, and then-mayor Vincent Gray signed it the following year. The wage increased to $9.50 an hour last July. Next July, it will increase by one more dollar to $11.50.

Maryland’s increase is one of several approved by the Maryland General Assembly last year, when then-Gov. Martin O’Malley made the increase a priority of his last legislative session as governor.

The first increase took effect in January, when the wage went from $7.25 to $8.

It is set to go up again to $8.75 in 2016 and $9.25 in 2017. It is scheduled to reach $10.10 in 2018.

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