Ohio State Minimum Wage

Author: Jason Coles

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The Ohio minimum wage rate in 2024 increased in January, rising to $10.45 per hour from $10.10 in 2023.

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 2024 and the laws/regulations that apply to it.

If you are a full-time worker on minimum wage in Ohio, your earnings could be as follows:

  • Weekly Minimum Wage: $418.00 (based on a 40-hour week)
  • Yearly Minimum Wage: $21,736.00 (based on being paid 2080 hours per year)
  • There is a 0% income tax rate in Ohio on earnings up to $26,050. So, if you are earning the minimum wage, you will likely be subject to no income tax, but you will still have to pay other taxes in Ohio.

Ohio has its own unique and higher minimum 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 minimum wage bill into their own hands.

Did the Ohio Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below displays the Ohio state minimum wage rate over the past several years, dating back from 2019 to 2024.

Ohio minimum wage

You can view and download the Ohio minimum wage labor law poster for 2024 here at no charge.

Employers must display an official poster outlining the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ensuring that accurate employee time and pay records are kept.

Ohio Minimum Wage 2024 Exemptions

In addition to the regular minimum wage rate, there are a few exemptions to the Ohio minimum wage that typically depend on your age or employment situation.

Below are the various minimum wage exemptions with some situational examples.

Ohio Student Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for student employees in Ohio is 85% of the Ohio minimum wage, making their hourly pay $8.88 per hour in 2024.

This hourly rate is for any hours worked up to 20 hours per week. As a student employee, once you surpass 20 hours per week, you will be eligible for the Ohio minimum wage rate of $10.45 per hour.

Being a student can be financially challenging, leading many students to pick up part-time jobs to make extra money while studying. Despite a student minimum wage rate, many Ohio employers will not necessarily follow it and pay you equal to or more than the statewide minimum wage.

Many work-study programs are available at universities, which is a route many students go down. Still, coffee shop, cafe, bar, and restaurant jobs are commonly taken by students as they can work them into their class schedule.

Ohio Under 20 Minimum Wage

If you are under 20 years old in Ohio, federal law allows your employer to pay you as little as $4.25 per hour for your first 90 days of employment.

Once the 90-day period is over, you will be eligible to be paid the 2024 Ohio minimum wage of $10.45 per hour or potentially even more.

Fortunately for young workers, this is 90 calendar days and not 90 working days; therefore, it can be completed relatively quickly and within about three months.

Ohio Tipped Minimum Wage

If you are a tipped employee in Ohio (someone who receives regular tips as a part of their job) then you are eligible to be paid a minimum wage of $5.25 per hour, with a tip credit of $5.20 per hour, ensuring that you reach the statewide minimum wage regardless if you make enough hourly tips.

Ohio Overtime Minimum Wage

Once you work over 40 hours in a working week you are eligible to be paid an overtime rate of 1.5 times your hourly wage for every hour you work past 40. So, the overtime minimum wage in Ohio is $15.67 per hour, which is 1.5 times the minimum wage of $10.45 per hour.

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 minimum wage, you can head over to the Ohio Department of Commerce website.

Ohio Minimum Wage History

The table below shows the current rate and history of Ohio’s minimum wage over the past 40+ years since 1983.

You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents each year.

YearMinimum WageIncrease ($)Increase (%)

Minimum Wage Rates for each State


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Jason Coles

Jason Coles is the Founder of Foreign USA and its Chief Content Writer and Editor. Recognized as a prolific business plan writer by many prominent immigration attorneys in the U.S. who refer his services to their clients regularly, Jason has written over 1,350 business plans across the past 17+ years for start-up companies and franchises looking to expand their footprint in the United States. Jason is considered a seasoned expert in his field. He creates detailed business plans for his clients that include five-year financial projections, market and industry analysis reports, demographic studies, organizational charts, job descriptions, employee hiring plans, and more.