Ohio minimum wage rate is $9.30 per hour in 2022. Workers receive a higher minimum wage in Ohio that exceeds the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. The Ohio minimum wage applies to most employees, with limited exceptions, including certain tipped employees, students or part-time workers, and other exempt occupations. The top 5 minimum wage states in the U.S. are District of Columbia, California, Washington, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour and has not increased since 2009. Demand for a living wage that is fair to workers is rising. In response to this rising demand, numerous states, cities, and other localities have already enacted or will change minimum wage levels. In the few states with no established minimum wage, the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour will continue to apply.
Based on local legislation, many states have already enacted minimum wage increases or approved increases due for implementation at a future date.
These ever-changing laws, effective dates, and methodologies result in minimum wages that may change at different times or differ dramatically within a state or region. Minimum wage changes can be triggered for a location when these pre-determined conditions change and require careful monitoring to ensure compliance to the latest wage levels.
Salary.com continuously tracks all these complex changes. We can help to keep you informed about future changes and stay up to date on the latest minimum wage levels in your essential locations. Show me more data to view U.S. state minimum wages for future years.

Browse Minimum Wage by Year, and Forecast Minimum Wage Increase Trends in Ohio

The minimum wages in some states are higher than the federal minimum wage in 2022, including District of Columbia, California, Washington, Massachusetts, and others. Many of the minimum wage increases were effective on January 01, 2022. Some states have effective dates occurring at different months of the year. Check the chart to stay up to date on the hourly minimum wage in Ohio.
View upcoming minimum wage changes to be on top of future changes to the minimum wage in your location.

Hourly Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees in Ohio

The tipped minimum wage is the lowest amount employers can pay an employee in occupations such as a bartender or server, that regularly receive more than $30 a month in tips. In some states, the tipped minimum wage may be lower than the non-tipped minimum wage because employers can claim a tip credit.
It is important to note that the tipped minimum wage can vary depending on where your business is and the size of the business. In some states, the tipped minimum wage is equal to the overall minimum wage for that state. In some locations, the federal tipped minimum wage applies. In other locations, the state-tipped minimum wage is set above the federal minimum. Tipped minimum wages may vary from state to state and can be frequently adjusted, making it essential to stay informed about the latest wage levels.
In Ohio, the tipped minimum wage is the same as the state minimum wage. It may be subject to adjustment based on other criteria, such as the size of the business.
See tipped data learn more about tipped and non-tipped minimum wage in Ohio.

Ohio minimum wage in 2021: US$8.80 / US$7.25* (effective January 1, 2021)

Ohio minimum wage in 2020: US$8.70 / US$7.25

Ohio minimum wage in 2000: US$2.80-US$4.25

Ohio minimum wage in 1980: US$2.30 ($7.71 after inflation adjustment)

People's Opinions on Minimum Wage in Ohio

For those individuals, employers may apply for a license to pay disabled individuals less than the current minimum wage, at a rate determined by the Ohio Department of Commerce Director.


Babysitters (in the home where the baby lives) and live-in caregivers for elderly or ill individuals are exempt from Ohio minimum wage law so as long as housekeeping is not a primary duty.


In addition to any Ohio-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.


This Note evaluates the constitutionality of Senate Bill 331’s minimum wage provision and whether the right to home rule in Ohio extends to municipalities setting their own minimum wage rates.


All businesses within the State of Ohio must display the new Minimum Wage Notice along with other state-mandated posting requirements where it is sufficiently accessible and viewable to all employees.


There's evidence the worst-case scenarios that are often purported to come with a mandated increase in minimum wage don't ever play out, said Michael Shields, a researcher with Policy Matters Ohio.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Two Tri-State lawmakers say legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage will bring more economic security and stability to Ohioans and boost the state’s economy.


As with federal law under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Ohio requires that if direct pay and tips do not equal the Ohio minimum wage, the employer must pay the difference to the employee.


There have been no recent discussions or talks held to increase the federal minimum wage any time soon, however, many states such as Ohio take their own minimum wage bill into their own hands.


Handicapped or disabled workers may be paid a special minimum wage rate, lower then the Ohio Minimum Wage, if their employer has a certificate from the Ohio Department of Commerce.


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