Senate Bill 1532 - Minimum Wage Increase: What You Need to Know

Oregon's minimum wage will increase in three geographic regions over the next six years  starting on July 1, 2016. Here's what you need to know. 

  • Region 3: Includes Multnomah county and parts of Washington and Clackamas counties.
  • Region 2: Includes Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Deschutes, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, and Yamhill counties. 
  • Region 1: Includes Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler counties.

Region 3: Portland Urban Growth Boundary

The Portland Urban Growth Boundary line encompasses roughly 2.2 million people By comparison, Seattle's population--where the minimum wage is increasing in steps to $15--is less than one-third the size, at 650,000 people. 

Approximately 37% of the total estimated jobs that will see a raise by 2022 are located in the Portland UGB. By 2017, minimum wage workers in the Portland Metro area will earn $11.25 an hour, or $23,400 a year. That's just under 200% of the current Federal Poverty Level for a single person. 

67% of the jobs in the tri-county area that will see a raise this July are at businesses with 50 or more employees.  

Region 2: Non-Portland Urban

Approximately 53% of the total estimated jobs that will see a raise by 2022 are located in Region 2. By 2017, minimum wage workers in non-Portland urban counties will earn $10.25 an hour, or $21,320 for a single year. That's 180% of the current Federal Poverty Level for a single person. 

Region 1: Rural

Approximately 10% of the total estimated jobs that will see a raise by 2022 are located in Region 1. By 2017, minimum wage workers in rural Oregon will earn $10.00 an hour, or $20,800 a year. That's 177% of the current Federal Poverty Level for a single person. 

For more information about your rights under this new law call the Bureau of Labor and Industries Wage & Hour Division at (971)673-0761.