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.

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 1983.

StateStandard WagePortland 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
Oregon Minimum Wage 2015$9.25$9.25$9.252015
Oregon Minimum Wage 2014$9.10$9.10$9.102014
Oregon Minimum Wage 2013$8.95$8.95$8.952013
Oregon Minimum Wage 2012$8.80$8.80$8.802012
Oregon Minimum Wage 2011$8.50$8.50$8.502011
Oregon Minimum Wage 2010$8.40$8.40$8.402010
Oregon Minimum Wage 2009$8.40$8.40$8.402009
Oregon Minimum Wage 2008$7.95$7.95$7.952008
Oregon Minimum Wage 2007$7.80$7.80$7.802007
Oregon Minimum Wage 2006$7.50$7.50$7.502006
Oregon Minimum Wage 2005$7.25$7.25$7.252005
Oregon Minimum Wage 2004$7.05$7.05$7.052004
Oregon Minimum Wage 2003$6.90$6.90$6.902003
Oregon Minimum Wage 2002$6.50$6.50$6.502002
Oregon Minimum Wage 2001$6.50$6.50$6.502001
Oregon Minimum Wage 2000$6.50$6.50$6.502000
Oregon Minimum Wage 1999$6.50$6.50$6.501999
Oregon Minimum Wage 1998$6.50$6.50$6.501998
Oregon Minimum Wage 1997$5.50$5.50$5.501997
Oregon Minimum Wage 1996$4.75$4.75$4.751996
Oregon Minimum Wage 1995$4.75$4.75$4.751995
Oregon Minimum Wage 1994$4.75$4.75$4.751994
Oregon Minimum Wage 1993$4.75$4.75$4.751993
Oregon Minimum Wage 1992$4.75$4.75$4.751992
Oregon Minimum Wage 1991$4.75$4.75$4.751991
Oregon Minimum Wage 1990$4.25$4.25$4.251990
Oregon Minimum Wage 1989$3.85$3.85$3.851989
Oregon Minimum Wage 1988$3.35$3.35$3.351988
Oregon Minimum Wage 1987$3.35$3.35$3.351987
Oregon Minimum Wage 1986$3.35$3.35$3.351986
Oregon Minimum Wage 1985$3.10$3.10$3.101985
Oregon Minimum Wage 1984$3.10$3.10$3.101984
Oregon Minimum Wage 1983$3.10$3.10$3.101983