Oregon minimum wage rate is $13.50 per hour in 2022. Workers receive a higher minimum wage in Oregon that exceeds the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. The Oregon 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 Oregon

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 July 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 Oregon.
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 Oregon

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 Oregon, 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 Oregon.

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)

People's Opinions on Minimum Wage in Oregon

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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