For business owners and managers, it is essential to know what you are legally obligated to pay your employees. Many states in the US have different laws, rules, and regulations when it comes to the minimum wage, and it is crucial to be equipped with everything there is to know regarding the minimum wage for your specific state.

In this guide, we will be focusing on Oregon’s statewide minimum wage. Oregon is one of 22 states where the minimum wage is higher than the federal wage. The federal minimum wage currently sits at $7.25 per hour and has done for many years.

The minimum wage in Oregon is unique to most other states as there is a minimum wage for 3 separate state areas, “Standard”, “Portland Metro”, and “Nonurban Counties”, which are all calculated via the consumer price index, measuring the cost of living, inflation, and other important factors that have a say in determining how much people should be paid.




You might be interested to know that the Oregon minimum wage is ranked in the top 10 highest state minimum wages in the United States, which is pretty impressive!

Did the Oregon Minimum Wage Go Up?

The graphic below highlights the various Oregon minimum wage rates. The minimum wage did go up in 2021 for all three areas within the state. The standard Oregon minimum wage rate went up from $12.00 per hour (in 2020) to $12.75 in 2021. However, this is only the Oregon minimum wage from the beginning of July 2021 and is not the rate for any period of time before this date.

Minimum Wage in Oregon

Oregon Minimum Wage 2021

As mentioned previously, the Oregon minimum wage 2021 is quite different when compared with most other states. The three designated Oregon state areas have different minimum wages from one another, meaning if you work for an employer within one of these areas you will be subject to that area’s minimum wage.

The Oregon minimum wage increase is generally reviewed each year and the increase goes into effect in July of each year, rather than January, which is the month that most states tend to enact any increase in their minimum wage. This means, as an employer in Oregon, you can legally pay employees the 2020 rate until July 2021, after this, the 2021 rate comes into effect.

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What are the Standard and Nonurban Counties?

Oregon’s Standard area has a minimum wage that is calculated via the consumer price index, where it is measured against the cost of living, house prices, and other economical factors. Here are all the counties within Oregon’s standard area:

  • Clatsop
  • Columbia
  • Tillamook
  • Yamhill
  • Polk
  • Marion
  • Lincoln
  • Benton
  • Linn
  • Hood River
  • Wasco
  • Lane
  • Deschutes
  • Josephine
  • Jackson

Oregon’s metro area minimum wage is calculated by adding on $1.25 to the standard area’s minimum wage each year, here are the counties within the Portland metro area:

  • Washington
  • Multnomah
  • Clackamas

The non-urban counties in Oregon that are subject to the lowest minimum wage rate within the state are as follows:

  • Coos
  • Douglas
  • Curry
  • Klamath
  • Lake
  • Harney
  • Malheur
  • Crook
  • Grant
  • Baker
  • Wheeler
  • Jefferson
  • Wheeler
  • Grant
  • Baker
  • Wallowa
  • Union
  • Umatilla
  • Morrow
  • Gilliam
  • Sherman

The table below provides the history of Oregon’s minimum wage over the years since 2008. You can see when there were increases in the minimum wage, how much they were, and what percentage increase it represents.

StateStandardPortland MetroNonurban CountiesYear
Oregon Minimum Wage 2022$13.50$14.75$12.502022
Oregon Minimum Wage 2021$12.75$14.00$12.002021
Oregon Minimum Wage 2020$12.00$13.25$11.502020
Oregon Minimum Wage 2019$11.25$12.50$11.002019
Oregon Minimum Wage 2018$10.75$12.00$10.502018
Oregon Minimum Wage 2017$10.25$11.25$10.002017
Oregon Minimum Wage 2016$9.75$9.75$9.502016

To find out more information regarding the US Minimum Wage by State, check out our page that has a table in alphabetical order of all 50 states, including historical state minimum wage rates from previous years.

There are many interesting facts about Oregon that you probably haven’t heard of. Feel free to check out a comprehensive list of them that also includes some very important economic facts if you are looking to start your own business or franchise or get a job in the state.

EIN Number Oregon

As an Oregon business owner and employer, or someone that is looking to register an LLC or an incorporated company in Oregon with the goal of hiring employees, now, or in the future, you will need to have an Oregon EIN number.

An EIN is also known as an Employer Identification Number and is issued by the internal revenue service (IRS). We have created a guide on how to get an EIN number in Oregon with the IRS, and it includes links to the appropriate sources and forms and the differences between whether you are a U.S. citizen or a foreign national applying for an Oregon EIN.