Chicago, Illinois Local Minimum Wage for 2018, 2019
While Illinois' state minimum wage is $8.25 per hour, Chicago has set its own, higher minimum wage rate that applies to employees of all companies who work within Chicago. A minimum wage increase is currently scheduled in Chicago, but until the effective date of 7/1/2019 the state minimum wage rate of $8.25 will apply.
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 $12.00 to $13.00 per hour, which will take effect on July 1st, 2019. The increase will raise Chicago's minimum wage by $1.00 per hour.
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||$11.00||+$2.75|