Chicago Minimum Wage Laws Chicago, Illinois Local Minimum Wage for 2021, 2022

While Illinois' state minimum wage is $12.00 per hour, Chicago has set its own, higher minimum wage rates that apply to employees of different classes of company who work Chicago.

21 or more employees:

Current Minimum Wage
$15.00 / hour
Effective 7/1/2021
Future Increase
Comparison to State Wage
+$3.00 / hour

4- 20 employees:

Current Minimum Wage
$14.50 / hour
Effective 7/1/2022
Future Minimum Wage
$15.00 / hour
Effective 7/1/2023
Comparison to State Wage
+$2.50 / hour

Because Chicago has a higher minimum wage rate than the one set by Illinois or the Federal government, the higher local minimum wage rate takes precedence and must be paid to all employees covered by the local minimum wage regulation.

Keep in mind that Illinois and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act both define various minimum wage exemptions and other labor laws that may apply to employees in Chicago. You can find more information about Illinois' minimum wage and labor laws on this site.

Chicago Minimum Wage Increase

Chicago has a scheduled increase to the minimum wage from $14.50 to $15.00 per hour, which will take effect on July 1st, 2023. The increase will raise Chicago's minimum wage by $0.50 per hour.

Chicago Minimum Wage Rates 2022 Other Local Minimum Wage Rates in Illinois

In addition to Chicago, there are other localities in Illinois that have passed municipal minimum wage legislation. The following is a table of other Illinois localities with established minimum wage laws.

Locality Applies To Minimum Wage Comparison to State
Cook County All employees $13.00 +$1.00

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