Denver's Minimum Wage: $15.87/hour in 2022

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Citywide Minimum Wage

 $15.87/hour in 2022

All employees working within the geographical limits of the City and County of Denver.

Employers do not need to maintain a contractual relationship with the city.

Wage complaints can be anonymous.

Employers may claim a maximum tip credit of $3.02 in the food and beverage industry.

Call: 720-913-5039 

 Citywide Minimum Wage Overview

Active Enforcement

Denver Labor Begins Active Wage Enforcement in 2022

Beginning in 2022, Denver Labor will use data and thoughtful analysis to improve the reach of our education and enforcement work within industries where workers are at highest risk of receiving less than the wages required according to law. Using this information, Denver Labor may begin more proactive wage investigations without receiving a complaint of potential underpayment.

Active wage enforcement will include strategic onsite visits to speak with at-risk workers. 

City ordinance lists criteria that must be met to trigger a proactive investigation including:

  • Prior violations by an owner;
  • A pattern of noncompliance within an industry;
  • Credible information from a state or federal agency;
  • Data indicating an employer is likely to be in violation of the minimum wage.

For questions about how our active enforcement program will impact your business, contact Denver Labor.

Regional Address Finder

This interactive map is a tool to determine whether a business or work location is within the City and County of Denver. This tool is meant to assist in filing or responding to a complaint. Denver Labor will make a final determination regarding jurisdiction on all investigated complaints.

To start using the tool, click the blue button "OK" on the bottom right corner of the map.


If you earn less than Denver’s minimum wage, you can submit a wage complaint to Denver Labor to initiate an investigation.

Submit a Wage Complaint

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“In recent years, my team has made huge strides in getting money in the hands of more workers who earned it according to law. Education is key to ensuring employers know how to support their workers by paying at least the required wages and to keeping workers informed about their rights.”

Timothy M. O'Brien
Denver Auditor, Denver Auditor's Office


Business Resources 

Employers Requirements

Citywide Minimum Wage: Employer Requirements

Denver law requires employers conducting business in Denver to retain records demonstrating compliance with Denver’s minimum wage law.

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1. Sufficient payroll records for a period beginning Jan. 1, 2020 for at least three years. 2. Employers will not be asked for payroll records of work performed before Jan. 1, 2020.

3.No special format or recordkeeping system is required.

4.Records must be retained for current and past employees. 

Payroll Records

When Denver Labor conducts an investigation, employers must provide payroll records in a timely manner. These records must include:

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1. The number of hours worked by each worker. 2. The hourly wage paid to each worker.

3. Any deductions made from worker wages, including any taxes withheld.

4. The net amount of wages received by each worker. 


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Submitting a Wage Complaint
All workers must be paid according to the law. Complaints must be submitted in writing; however, the more information we have, the quicker we may be able to complete an investigation. If you think you are being underpaid according to the law, please submit a complaint using this complaint form, e-mail us at or call 720-913-5039 to have an analyst assist you.

Confidentiality and Protection
We make every effort to keep the complainant’s information confidential. Denver Labor will not ask and accept information related to a party’s citizenship or immigration status, and employers may not take adverse action against a worker for their involvement in an investigation.

Useful Minimum Wage Tools for Employees

Minimum Wage Calculator

This calculator is a tool to assist employees confirm they are receiving Denver’s minimum wage. The total wages determined are the gross or the employee’s pre- tax and deduction earnings. Please note some exceptions may permit an employer to pay less than the calculated total wages and employers of tipped employees may only reduce hourly wages for actual tips received up to $3.02 per hour. If you believe you have not been paid correctly or have questions about the calculator or Denver’s minimum wage, please contact Denver Labor.

Tip Credit Tracker

This voluntary form is provided for employers and workers to keep track of tips received and calculate tip credits. 

Tip Credit Form

Download the Tip Credit Tracker

Informational Brochure

Read the essential information about Denver's minimum wage and learn how the Denver Labor team works in the brochure below:

Denver Minimum Wage Informational Brochure.

Download the Informational Brochure(PDF, 238KB)


This page is meant for educational and informational purposes. Nothing on this page alters any party’s rights, duties, or obligations to comply with any law. All parties are encouraged to thoroughly review the law ensure lawful compliance. 

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