Ohio Minimum Wage for 2016, 2017
Ohio's state minimum wage rate is $8.15 per hour. This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. You are entitled to be paid the higher state minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Ohio, with limited exceptions including tipped employees, some student workers, and other exempt occupations.†
The Ohio minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $1.15 from $7.00 to $8.15. Ohio's minimum wage rate is linked to a Consumer Price Index, which is intended to raise the rate along with inflation. The current minimum wage rate is re-evaluated yearly based on these values.
Ohio's minimum wage is updated yearly based on a cost-of-living index (the U.S. Consumer Price Index). Employees under 16 years old, and any employees who work for companies grossing under $297,000 yer year, may be paid $7.25 per hour (the Federal Minimum Wage) instead of the higher Ohio Minimum Wage.
The Ohio minimum wage was last raised 15 cents to $7.95 on January 1 2015, 10 cents in 2014, and 15 cents in 2013. The minimum wage was raised again on January 1, 2016.
Handicapped or disabled workers may be paid a special minimum wage rate, lower then the Ohio Minimum Wage, if their employer has a certificate from the Ohio Department of Commerce.
Ohio employers may not pay you under $8.15 per hour unless you or your occupation are specifically exempt from the minimum wage under state or federal law.
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All Ohio employers must display an approved Ohio minimum wage poster in a prominent place to inform employees about the minimum wage and their worker's rights under Ohio labor law.
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Ohio Minimum Wage & Labor Law Posters
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Ohio labor law requires all employers in Ohio to visibly display an approved Ohio minimum wage poster, and other Ohio and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and Ohio labor law and overtime regulations. Failure to display a Ohio labor law poster in the workplace can result in severe fines.
The Ohio minimum wage poster, and additional required Ohio labor law posters, are also available on the Ohio labor law posters download page.
Ohio Overtime Minimum Wage
All workers who put in over 40 weekly hours are entitled to a minimum wage of at least 1.5 times the regular applicable minimum wage (learn more about Ohio overtime pay). Some states require workers who work over a certain number of daily hours to be eligible for this overtime rate as well (Ohio law does not specify a daily overtime limit).
The FLSA guarantees all OH employees adequate overtime compensation for all qualifying overtime hours worked. If your employer does not pay adequate overtime wages, you can file an unpaid overtime claim with the Ohio Department of Labor.
Ohio Minimum Wage Exemptions
In addition to any Ohio-specific minimum wage exemptions described above, the Federal Fair Labor Standards act defines special minimum wage rates applicable to certain types of workers. You may be paid under the Ohio minimum wage if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Ohio Under 20 Minimum Wage - $4.25 - Federal law allows any employer in Ohio to pay a new employee who is under 20 years of age a training wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.
- Ohio Tipped Minimum Wage - See Here - Employees who earn a certain amount of tips every month may be paid a lower cash minimum wage, but must earn at least $8.15 including tips every hour. For more details, read about the Ohio tipped minimum wage.
Frequently Asked Questions - Ohio Minimum Wage & Labor Law
- What is the Ohio minimum wage?
The current Ohio minimum wage of $8.15 per hour is the lowest amount a non-exempt employee in Ohio can legally be paid for hourly work. Special minimum wage rates, such as the "Ohio waitress minimum wage" for tipped employees, may apply to certain workers.
- How much will I earn working a minimum wage jobin Ohio?
A full time minimum wage worker in Ohio working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, will earn $65.20 per day, $326.00 per week, and $16,952.00 per year1. The national poverty line for a family unit consisting of two people is $16,020.00 per year.
- What is the Ohio under 18 minimum wage?
Ohio employers may pay 18 year olds and minors the youth minimum wage of $4.25 for the first 90 days of employment. Other labor law exemptions for minors in Ohio may exist.
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1 These earnings estimates do not account for the Ohio income tax , federal income tax, or local/municipal income taxes.
2 Poverty line for a family of two in the lower 48 published 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services