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Oregon Minimum Wage Increasing July 1, 2022

June 23, 2022

By Christine M. Zinter

A reminder to Oregon employers that starting July 1, 2022, minimum wage workers in Oregon will see an increase in pay. These new rates are in effect from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.   

Due to Oregon’s three-tiered minimum wage system, employees’ minimum wage depends on work location:
  • Portland Metro employees, including those in parts of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, will see their minimum wage increase from $14.00 to $14.75 per hour.
  • Oregon Standard employees (those outside the urban growth boundary) will see their minimum wage increase from $12.75 to $13.50 per hour.
  • Non-Urban employees, those in Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties, will see their minimum wage increase from $12.00 to $12.50 per hour.*

You can use this helpful look-up tool to determine whether your employees are located within the Portland Metro urban growth boundary or in a rural reserve county: Urban Growth Boundary lookup | Metro (

Be sure to notify those employees who are entitled to a wage increase and the effective date, and send out and replace the required Oregon minimum wage poster: BOLI: Required Worksite Posters: For Employers: State of Oregon.

For more information on these and other Pacific Northwest wage and hour issues, contact Bullard Law.

*This alert has been corrected to reflect the accurate change in wage for Non-Urban employees.

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