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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

July brings fourth increase since 2016

A graphic showing the new minimum wage for workers starting July 1, 2020 from the Oregon Employment Department.

Minimum wage workers in Oregon will get a raise starting Wednesday, July 1.

“Minimum wage increases help make sure that hardworking Oregon families can afford the essentials in our state,” says Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle. “If you make minimum wage, you should check your paycheck to make sure you get your raise.”

As of July 1, 2020 Oregon minimum wages will be $13.25 per hour for the Portland metro area; $12 per hour for less populated areas of the state and $11.50 per hour for non-urban counties.

These rate increases are the fourth yearly increases since 2016. Minimum wage rates will continue to increase each year until 2023, at which point they will be indexed to inflation based on Consumer Price Index, a figure published by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The federal minimum wage has not gone up since 2009. At $7.25, it is now a full $4.25 less per hour than Oregon’s lowest minimum wage. Oregon workers must be paid Oregon minimum wage, with few exceptions.

Workers who aren’t receiving the correct minimum wage or don’t receive the increased minimum wage can contact the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) to make a complaint at Employers can visit the same webpage for more information or call 971-673-0824.

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