The minimum wage in Illinois increased in January 2022 to $12.00 per hour for tipped and non-tipped employees. For Illinois, the minimum wage situation is unique, sharing similar rules to other states, the minimum wage varies depending on where you are located within the state. There are some differing rates for some cities and counties in Illinois.

If you are a business owner in the hospitality industry with tipped employees who may be waiting tables, serving and mixing drinks, carrying luggage, cleaning hotel rooms, etc., you are able to take credit for your employee’s tips since in some cases, employees can earn more in tips than in the base wage paid by employers.

The basic rule of tips which is recognized under federal law and state law is that the tips belong to the employee, not the employer. To find out more about the Illinois tip rules, overtime standards, and other wage and hour issues you can visit the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) website.

Did the Illinois Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Illinois minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 from $10.00 per hour (in 2020) to $11.00 in 2021 and in 2022 it increased by $1.00 again to $12.00 per hour.

Illinois minimum wage

Illinois Minimum Wage 2022

Illinois’ minimum wage is reviewed each year using the Consumer Price Index, similar to most other states. The Illinois minimum wage increase in 2022 saw the state wage increase by $1.00 per hour, making it $12.00 per hour, this is the third time the state minimum wage has been increased since 2010!

Illinois Minimum Wage History

The table below provides the history of Illinois’ minimum wage over the years since 1983. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents.

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Illinois Minimum Wage 2022$12.002022$1.009%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2021$11.002021$1.0010%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2020$10.007/1/2020$0.758.1%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2020$9.252020$1.0012.1%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2019$8.252019$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2018$8.252018$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2017$8.252017$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2016$8.252016$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2015$8.252015$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2014$8.252014$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2013$8.252013$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2012$8.252012$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2011$8.252011$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2010$8.252010$0.253.1%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2009$8.002009$0.253.2%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2008$7.752008$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2007$7.502007$115.38%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2006$6.502006$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2005$6.502005$118.18%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2004$5.502004$0.356.79%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2003$5.152003$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2002$5.152002$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2001$5.152001$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 2000$5.152000$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1999$5.151999$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1998$5.151998$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1997$5.151997$0.408.42%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1996$4.751996$0.5011.76%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4511.84%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$0.4513.43%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1989$3.351989$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1988$3.351988$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1987$3.351987$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1986$3.351986$00%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1985$3.351985$0.3511.66%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1984$3.001984$0.7030.43%
Illinois Minimum Wage 1983$2.301985$00%