Oregon minimum wage in 2021: US$12.75 (effective July 1, 2021)
Oregon minimum wage in 2020: US$11.25
Oregon minimum wage in 2000: US$6.50 ($10.01 after inflation adjustment)
Oregon minimum wage in 1980: US$2.90 ($9.72 after inflation adjustment)
Oregon’s Standard area has a minimum wage that is calculated via the consumer price index, where it is measured against the cost of living, house prices, and other economical factors.
In the past, Oregon’s minimum wage rate increases have impacted employees’ status as exempt from overtime for employees who earned salaries at the minimum wage rate.
Workers who aren’t receiving the correct minimum wage or don’t receive the increased minimum wage can contact BOLI to make a complaint at oregon.gov/minimumwage.
Oregonians working minimum wage jobs will get a 50-cent raise on July 1, but policy analysts worry the updated rates will still leave many laborers struggling to pay their bills.
In addition to any Oregon-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers.
The Oregon Farm Bureau staunchly opposed the minimum wage hike, arguing that Oregon’s labor-intensive produce will be phased out, and with it businesses and workers.
The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association was unsuccessful in trying to lobby state lawmakers to pause the minimum wage increase for 18 months during this month's special session.
The three designated Oregon state areas have different minimum wages from one another, meaning if you work for an employer within one of these areas you will be subject to that area’s minimum wage.
Oregon doesn’t allow cities to set independent minimum wages, instead addressing the issue with a three-tiered system that accounts for the Portland metro area, urban Oregon, and rural Oregon areas.
However, because employers must pay the higher of the federal minimum wage or the state minimum wage, it is the state minimum wage that will continue to control in Oregon and Washington.
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