What Is the Minimum Wage in Oregon?

Ben Steele  | 

2019 Minimum Wage in Oregon: $10.75 Per Hour

The minimum wage in Oregon is currently subject to annual increases every July. It is already significantly more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, but is still lower than a select few other states that have made minimum wage increase commitments, such as California. The minimum wage in Oregon is increasing to account for increases in the U.S City Average Consumer Price Index.

However, there are some exceptions to the state’s baseline minimum wage rate, due to how some areas are more populous and urban than others across the state. Namely, the Portland metropolitan area (or more simply, “Metro”) and counties classified as “non-urban” have slightly different minimum wage rates.

Portland Metro Minimum Wage: $12.00 Per Hour

Within the urban growth boundary of the metropolitan area of Portland, the minimum wage is higher than the state minimum wage.

There is no subminimum wage in Oregon, however, there are certain exemptions to minimum wage law that may apply to: government workers, certain agricultural/animal husbandry workers, domestic workers such as childcare providers, students working for their educational institution, and people with disabilities.

Non-Urban Counties Minimum Wage: $10.25 Per Hour

Certain counties in Oregon are considered “non-urban” by the minimum wage legislation, and have a lowered minimum wage than the rest of the state.

Tipped: $10.75 Per Hour, With $12.00 Metro, and $10.25 Non-Urban Wages

Oregon state law prohibits the use of tip credits for the calculation of minimum wage. That means that employers of tipped employees must pay the minimum wage rate applicable in their location calculated before tips. Tips may not be used to reduce actual cash earnings below minimum wage rates, unlike tipped minimum wage law in other states.

Weekly: $430 Base, $480 Metro, $410 Non-Urban

The weekly minimum wage rates are calculated based on 40 hours of work per week at each minimum rate of pay in the state. These are pre-tax, pre-deductions numbers, so the actual cash take-home of a minimum wage employee will vary.

Annually: $22,360 Base, $24,960 Metro, $21,320 Non Urban

The annual minimum wage rates are calculated by multiplying the weekly wage rate for a 40-hour workweek by 52 weeks in a year. These numbers are pre-tax and pre-deductions, so the final numbers on a paycheck may vary.

Overtime: $16.12 Base, $18 Metro, $15.37 Non Urban

Overtime pay in Oregon must be at least one plus one-half of the minimum wage rate. Certain workers, such as, salespeople, truck drivers, agricultural workers, movie theater workers, and salaried workers (in some cases) are exempt from overtime, but not minimum wage laws.

Oregon Minimum Wage Increase News

In 2016 Oregon legislature passed a bill to see the minimum wage increase at a set rate of $0.50 per year between 2016 and 2019, then by $0.75 per year between 2019 and 2023. After 2023, the minimum wage in Oregon will be tied to the Consumer Price Index, published by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The increases occur every July 1st. On July 1st, 2019, the minimum wage in Oregon will raise to $11.25 per hour base, $12.50 per hour in the Metro area, and $11.00 per hour in non-urban counties.


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Ben Steele is a writer, theatre(re) professional, and nonprofit administrator. He was born in England, spent his teen and early 20s in Canada, and now lives in America. Please excuse his occasionally confused voice and the odd recalcitrant u after an o.

This post was updated July 17, 2019. It was originally published July 17, 2019.