Johns Hopkins University
May 10, 2021
The increase announced today will directly benefit more than 6,000 Maryland employees. The university and health system, collectively the largest private employer in Maryland, backed 2019 legislation establishing a phased approach to reaching a state-wide $15 minimum wage, and with this move Johns Hopkins will reach that level four years earlier than Maryland’s law requires.
“We take seriously our responsibility to serve as an engine of opportunity in Baltimore and every community we serve,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. “Paying higher wages to employees supports both them and the local communities in which we live and work.”
Johns Hopkins Health system will also adopt the $15 minimum wage at All Children’s Hospital in Florida, five years ahead of the requirement voters passed via a ballot measure in 2020. Washington, D.C., where Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital is located, has already adopted a $15 minimum wage.
“Moving to a $15 minimum wage recognizes the hard work and sacrifices Hopkins employees make every day to advance our mission,” said Johns Hopkins Health System President Kevin W. Sowers. “We are proud to announce our adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage even sooner than planned.”