For small businesses and large employers based in the state of Ohio, this information will provide you with the information you need to know regarding the Ohio state minimum wage 2021 and the laws/regulations that apply to it.

The information will also be useful for people that live and work in the state to ensure that you are being paid fairly and according to the law.

Ohio is one of 22 states in the U.S. in 2021 that does not align itself with the federal minimum wage. Ohio has its own unique and higher min wage that is calculated using the consumer price index, the cost of living, house pricing, and inflation.

The federal minimum wage currently sits at $7.25 per hour. There have been no recent discussions or talks held to increase the federal minimum wage any time soon, however, many states such as Ohio take their own minimum wage bill into their own hands.

Want to know the history of the minimum wage in Ohio?
We have created a bar graph showing you the minimum wage in each year over the past 10+ years. There is also a convenient PDF you can download. Scroll to the bottom of this page.

Did the Ohio Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the Ohio minimum wage over the past several years. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 from $8.70 per hour (in 2020) to $8.80 in 2021.

Ohio Minimum Wage

Ohio Minimum Wage 2021

What is the Ohio minimum wage in 2021? – On January 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Ohio increased from $8.70 to $8.80 per hour.

This may only be a subtle 1.2% increase from the previous year, however, the state has some ambitious plans to increase the minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2025.

Just because the statewide Ohio minimum wage rate for 2021 is $8.80 it doesn’t mean that every employee in Ohio will be paid this wage rate, there are some exceptions to this law.

  • Tipped workers in Ohio are able to receive a minimum wage of $4.40 per hour, but the tips they receive each month must equal the official minimum wage rate of $8.80 when combined with the base rate of $4.40.
  • Businesses that did not eclipse an annual revenue of $323,000 in the year 2020 are eligible to pay their employees the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
  • Employees and workers under the age of 16 can be paid the same rate as the federal minimum wage ($7.25). Feel free to check out and download the latest Ohio Department of Commerce minimum wage 2021 poster for all of this information relayed in a PDF format.

This page is updated regularly, so please check back here often. However, if you would like to find out more information about specific laws and changes in the Ohio min wage, you can head over to the Ohio Department of Commerce website.

Ohio Minimum Wage History

The table below tracks the history of Ohio’s minimum wage since 1983. There have been several increases over the years to the minimum wage in Ohio, with most increases being very modest.

The most frequent to the minimum wage changes have occurred in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. The biggest increase over that four year period was in 2019 when it increased by 25 cents per hour, a 3% increase. Outside of this, the Ohio minimum wage history reflects very small incremental hourly increases, in the 5 cents to 15 cents per hour range.

Below the table is a graph charting the Ohio minimum wage over 10+ years, and we have also created a downloadable PDF that you can print for your reference

Ohio Minimum Wage by Year Table

StateWageYear$ Wage Increase% Increase
Ohio Minimum Wage 2021$8.802021$0.101.2%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2020$8.702020$0.151.7%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2019$8.552019$0.253%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2018$8.302018$0.151.8%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2017$8.152017$0.050.6%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2016$8.102016$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2015$8.102015$0.253.2%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2014$7.952014$0.101.3%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2013$7.852013$0.151.9%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2012$7.702012$0.304%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2011$7.402011$0.101.4%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2010$7.302010$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2009$7.302009$0.304.3%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2008$7.002008$0.152.1%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2007$6.852007$1.7033%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2006$5.152006$0.9021.17%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2005$4.252005$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2004$4.252004$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2003$4.252003$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2002$4.252002$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2001$4.252001$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 2000$4.252000$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1999$4.251999$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1998$4.251998$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1997$4.251997$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1996$4.251996$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1995$4.251995$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1994$4.251994$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1993$4.251993$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1992$4.251992$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1991$4.251991$0.4511.84%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1990$3.801990$1.5065.21%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1989$2.301989$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1988$2.301988$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1987$2.301987$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1986$2.301986$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1985$2.301985$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1984$2.301984$00%
Ohio Minimum Wage 1983$2.301983$00%

Ohio minimum wage history for the past 10+ years – downloadable PDF below

Check out the Ohio Minimum Wage History for over 10 years

Ohio Minimum Wage History – Downloadable PDF