Cook County Minimum Wage Laws Cook County, Illinois Local Minimum Wage for 2023, 2024

While Illinois' state minimum wage is $14.00 per hour, Cook County has set its own, higher minimum wage rate that applies to employees of all companies who work within Cook County. A minimum wage increase is currently scheduled in Cook County, but until the effective date of 7/2/2021 the state minimum wage rate of $14.00 will apply.

Past Minimum Wage
$14.00 / hour
Effective 1/1/2024
Future Increase
Comparison to State Wage

Because Cook County 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 Cook County. You can find more information about Illinois' minimum wage and labor laws on this site.

Cook County Minimum Wage Rates 2024 Other Local Minimum Wage Rates in Illinois

In addition to Cook County, 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
Chicago 21 or more employees $15.80 +$1.80
  4- 20 employees $15.00 +$1.00

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