EUGENE, Ore. - If you earn the minimum wage, you're getting a raise.
By how much depends on where in the state you work.
But one thing is for sure:
It will be more than the federal minimum wage.
"The federal minimum wage has not gone up since 2009. At $7.25, it is now a full $4.25 less per hour than Oregon’s lowest minimum wage," according to the State of Oregon. "Oregon workers must be paid Oregon minimum wage, with few exceptions."
The 2016 Oregon Legislature passed a bill establishing annual increases to the base wage in Oregon.
Under the legilsation, the wage follows a fixed schedule through 2022; beginning in 2023, the minimum wage will be indexed to inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.
The law also broke the state into 3 wage zones: Standard, Portland Metro and Nonurban Counties. The wage is higher than Standard in Portland Metro and below Standard in Nonurban counties.
So for 2020, minimum wage earners in the Standard counties - which includes Lane, Deschutes, Linn, Benton, Marion, Josephine and Jackson counties - will see the hourly rate increase 75 cents to $12.
Wage earners in the Portland Metro counties of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas will go up 75 cents to $13.25.
In the Nonurban Counties - a category that includes Douglas, Coos and Curry counties and all of Eastern Oregon - the wage goes up 50 cents to $11.50.
The Standard and Metro wages are scheduled to increase by 75 cents per hour again in 2021 and 2022; the Nonurban wage will increase 50 cents in each of those years.
Beginning July 1, 2023, the Standard wage will be indexed to the CPI. The Metro wage will be $1.25 more per hour than the Standard; Nonurban wages will be a $1 less than Standard.