Oregon Minimum Wage Rates

Posted by GNSA on Apr 24, 2024 1:10:00 PM

All workers in Oregon are entitled to receive an hourly Minimum Wage rate according to Oregon Labor Laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Oregon minimum wage differs depending on the location the employee performs their work.

Updated: April 24, 2024

Commissioner Stephenson announced new minimum wage rates for the remainder of 2024 and the first half of 2025. As of July 1st, 2024, those new rates have taken effect.

The standard Oregon minimum wage for 2024 is $14.70 per hour (standard minimum wage rate) and will remain in effect until July of 2025. There are also special wage rates in Oregon for specific locations. These include: 

  • Portland Metro Minimum Wage: $15.95 per hour
  • Non-Urban Minimum Wage: $13.70 per hour 

Previous Oregon Minimum Wage

Effective until July 1st, 2024

The previous standard Oregon minimum wage for 2024 was $14.20 per hour (standard minimum wage rate). The previous special wage rates in Oregon for specific locations were: 

  • Portland Metro Minimum Wage: $15.45 per hour
  • Non-Urban Minimum Wage: $13.20 per hour 

Which Oregon Minimum Wage Applies to Who?

Employers must ensure they understand which Oregon minimum wage applies to their employees. Typically, workers should be paid the wage for the county in which they work 50% or more of their hours each week. Employers may pay the same employee at different rates if they travel for work, for each county they worked in.

Employees who know their work zip code can find which county they work in so that they can see where they fall in the below list.

The Standard Oregon Minimum Wage Rate applies to employees working in Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Deschutes, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Yamhill, and parts of Clackamas, Multnomah, & Washington outside the urban growth boundary.

The Portland Metro Oregon Minimum Wage Rate applies to employees working within the urban growth boundary, as well as parts of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.

Finally, the Non-Urban Oregon Minimum Wage Rate applies to employees working in Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties.

Oregon Minimum Wage Schedule

Under Oregon law, Oregon minimum wage will update each year, and each year such update will be calculated and announced no later than April 30th.

The calculation is based on "any increase in the U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index (“CPI”) for All Urban Consumers for All Items from March of the preceding year to March of the year in which the calculation is made. This amount is required to be rounded to the nearest five cents" per the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).

While the state has yet to announce its next minimum wage update, the Portland Metro wage rate will be $1.25 higher than the standard rate, while the Non-Urban rate will be $1 less than the standard rate.

Exemptions to Oregon Minimum Wage Requirements

There are few exceptions to Oregon minimum wage. If you are working in Oregon, or operating an Oregon business, here are some things to keep in mind regarding minimum wage: 

  • Employees paid by piece rate, per hour, by commission, or paid by the day, must still have wages add up to at least minimum wage for each hour worked
  • Tips are separate and cannot be counted as wages
  • Tip credits are illegal in Oregon
  • Employees may not agree to make less than the minimum wage
  • The minimum wage is the same for adults and for minors

Get Help With Oregon Payroll Compliance

If you are processing payroll in Oregon you need to ensure compliance with minimum wage. However, Oregon payroll compliance does not end there. Oregon payroll can be complex, which is why it is important to have a payroll service that understands the intricacies of the state. 

To learn more about our Oregon Payroll Services or how we help companies process payroll in Oregon with accuracy and ease, contact us today. 

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Topics: Payroll, Oregon Payroll, Oregon Labor Laws, Payroll Compliance, Oregon Compliance


Written by GNSA

GNSA is a Payroll, Human Resource, and Benefits Administration firm specializing in serving the small to middle market. Started in 1997, GNSA has steadily grown from year-to year as more and more companies have identified GNSA as the premier outsourced service provider. At GNSA we believe that the strength of the United States economy resides in the small to mid-market, therefore GNSA has focused its efforts towards better serving this segment.

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