Oklahoma minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour in 2022. Workers receive a lower minimum wage in Oklahoma that exceeds the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. The Oklahoma 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.
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Browse Minimum Wage by Year, and Forecast Minimum Wage Increase Trends in Oklahoma

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, 2018. 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 Oklahoma.
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 Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma, 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.
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Oklahoma minimum wage in 2021: US$7.25 / US$2* (effective June 24, 2009)

Oklahoma minimum wage in 2021: US$7.25 / US$2*

Oklahoma minimum wage in 2000: US$2 to US$5.15

Oklahoma minimum wage in 1980: US$2 ($6.70 after inflation adjustment)

People's Opinions on Minimum Wage in Oklahoma

Raising the minimum wage would save billions of dollars on welfare costs nationally, making it a prime issue for conservative, moderate, and progressive Oklahomans to address.

09/24/2021

Idaho (7.7 percent), Texas (7.5 percent) and Oklahoma (7.2 percent) have the highest proportion of hourly paid workers earning at or below the federal minimum wage.

09/11/2021

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

09/07/2021

Two additional increases in the federal minimum wage followed, resulting in higher percentages and numbers of hourly paid Oklahoma workers earning the federal minimum wage or less.

09/03/2021

Despite the differences in dollar values and cost of living, some people believe the higher minimum wages in other states could contribute to a loss of workforce in Oklahoma.

09/02/2021

Oklahoma minimum wage laws authorize the Department of Labor to establish regulations that permit employers to pay learners a wage rate that is less than the standard minimum wage.

08/27/2021

Considering the recent successes of citizen petitions and the lack of action from state leaders, Oklahomans of all economic backgrounds should support a citizen petition to raise the minimum wage.

08/16/2021

Oklahoma minimum wage laws authorize the Department of Labor to establish regulations that permit employers to pay apprentices a subminimum wage rate that is less than the standard minimum wage.

07/28/2021

Oklahoma’s minimum wage act authorizes the Department of Labor to establish regulation that permit employers to pay employees with disabilities a wage rate that is less than the standard minimum wage.

07/25/2021

The success of citizen petitions in recent years suggests that bringing a state minimum wage raise directly to the ballot has a better chance of passing in Oklahoma than through the state Legislature.

07/13/2021

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