Oregon's minimum wage set to go up on July 1

The minimum wage in Oregon's three 'wage regions' will go up beginning on July 1.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 2:40 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2020 2:55 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon's minimum wage rates are set to increase beginning on Wednesday, July 1. The amount of the increase — and the resulting pay — is different in each of the state's three "wage regions."

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

Following the increase, minimum wage will be $13.25 in the Portland metro area, $12 in the state's "standard counties," and $11.50 in non-urban counties.

At present, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) enforces a $12.50 minimum wage in the Portland metro area, a $11.25 rate in standard counties, and $11 in non-urban counties.

The highest minimum wage only exists within Portland's urban growth boundary between Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. The state's northwestern counties, plus Jackson and Josephine counties, fall within the "standard" wage. The non-urban wage covers almost the entirety of eastern Oregon, plus Douglas, Coos, and Curry counties.

This is the fourth yearly rate increase since 2016, and minimum wage rates are set to increase each year until 2023 — after which they will be indexed to inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a figure furnished by the federal 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," BOLI said in a statement. "Oregon workers must be paid Oregon minimum wage, with few exceptions."

Workers who don't receive the correct minimum wage or don't see the wage increase can contact BOLI to make a complaint, the agency said.

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