In 2016, the Oregon Legislature approved a multi-tiered increase in the minimum wage, with the initial increase effective last July.
The second of seven increases went into effect on July 1, 2017. Scheduled annual minimum wage increases will continue through 2022. Beginning July 1, 2013, the minimum wage will be indexed to inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.
Portland Urban Growth Boundary
Minimum wage earners in the Portland area will see the biggest increase. Within the most populous areas of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, the minimum wage raises $1.50 from $9.75 to $11.25 per hour.
Oregon’s Standard Region
For veterinary practice employees working in these designated areas of the state, the minimum wage increases $.050 from $9.75 to $10.25. This includes workers in Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Deschute, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, and Yamhill counties.
Oregon’s Nonurban Counties
The minimum wage will accelerate more slowly for employees in less populated regions of the state, with the increase set at $0.50 from $9.50 to $10.00 per hour. The affected counties include Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler.