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Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System to Adopt $15 Minimum Wage:
Florida and Maryland Employees Will Receive Wage Increases Years Ahead of Statewide Requirements

St. Petersburg, Fla. – May 6, 2021 – Today, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System announced an important step to ensure the economic well-being of employees by adopting an enterprise-wide $15 minimum wage. The change will take effect in line with annual pay increases on July 1, 2021, for university employees; and January 1, 2022, for employees of the health system, including those at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

This pay increase will occur five years ahead of the requirement Florida voters passed via a ballot measure in 2020 and will directly benefit more than 300 employees at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. It will take place four years earlier than Maryland’s law requires.

“Moving to a $15 minimum wage recognizes the hard work and sacrifices Hopkins employees make every day to advance our mission and serve our patients,” said Johns Hopkins Health System President Kevin Sowers. “We are proud to announce our adoption of a $15 per hour minimum wage even sooner than planned.”

The minimum wage applies to temporary workers, student workers and contract employees who work full time on campus. Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System have already taken steps to bring many of their workers’ wages up to this level.

This decision reflects Johns Hopkins’ broader commitment to increasing opportunities in the communities the university and health system serve, creating a ripple effect in the local business community.

About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit