Oregon Minimum Wage Increase July 2017
Effective July 1, 2016, Oregon increased the minimum wage rate and set forth separate rates for the urban growth boundary (Portland Metro), medium density counties, and low density counties. The law also established a set annual increase in the minimum wage to take place every July until 2023. Beginning July 1, 2023, the minimum wage rate will be indexed each year to inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.
Minimum wage is currently $9.75 for work performed in Portland Metro and medium density counties and $9.50 for work performed in low density counties. Effective July 1, 2017, minimum wage will increase to $11.25 for work performed in Portland Metro, $10.25 in medium density counties, and $10.00 in low density counties.
The new minimum wage rates apply to work performed July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Employers can use the current minimum wage rates to pay hours worked prior to July 1st, even if the date the employee receives the wages is after July 1st. For example, an employer with a pay date of July 14th covering a pay period of June 25th to July 8th may pay the hours worked June 25th through June 30th at the current minimum wage and the remaining hours at the new minimum wage.