Oregon will soon see a three-tiered incremental minimum wage increase. Beginning July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Oregon will increase at three different rates depending on location within the state. Employers in Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary will see the largest annual increases, while employers in frontier counties will see the smallest. The annual breakdown of the rate increases from 2016 until 2022 is as follows, with each increase taking place on July 1:

  1. Within Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary: $9.75, $11.25, $12.00, $12.50, $13.25, $14.00, $14.75
  2. Frontier Counties*: $9.50, $10.00, $10.50, $11.00, $11.50, $12.00, $12.50
  3. Remaining Areas: $9.75, $10.25, $10.75, $11.25, $12.00, $12.75, $13.50

Starting in 2023, the rates will be annually adjusted for inflation.
Currently we do not know how the new minimum wages will apply to companies that operate in multiple counties with varying minimum wages. The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries will soon issue rules explaining this, and we will notify you once these rules are published.

*Frontier counties include Malheur, Lake, Harney, Wheeler, Sherman, Gilliam, Wallowa, Grant, Jefferson, Baker, Union, Crook, Klamath, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Umatilla, and Morrow.