Ohio’s minimum wage will increase to $8.30 per hour in 2018

The minimum wage in Ohio will increase on January 1, 2018, to $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and to $4.15 per hour for tipped employees, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced on September 29, 2017. The minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $305,000 per year.
Currently, the minimum wage in Ohio is $8.15 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.08 per hour for tipped employees. The 2017 Ohio minimum wage applies to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $299,000 per year.
A 2006 Constitutional Amendment (II-34a) approved by voters in the November 2006 election states that Ohio’s minimum wage is to increase each January 1 based on the rate of inflation. The determination for each year is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the 12-month period prior to September. The CPI-W index increased by 1.9 percent over the 12-month period from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017.
For employees at smaller companies with annual gross receipts of $305,000 or less per year after January 1, 2018, and for 14- and 15-year-olds, the state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For these employees, the state wage is tied to the federal minimum wage rate.
An updated minimum wage poster reflecting the increase is now available on the Department’s website, at http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/dico_2018MinimumWageposter.pdf. Employers are required to display the poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace. (State of Ohio, Department of Commerce, News Release, September 29, 2017, https://www.comapps.ohio.gov/admn/admn_apps/admn/pressroom/Display.aspx?ID=3570.)

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