On Monday, January 1, 2018, approximately 150,000 Ohio workers received a pay raise. The state’s minimum wage rate increased to $8.30 an hour, up 15 cents from last year. The $8.30 is now $1.05 above the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 an hour.
For tipped employees, such as waiters and bartenders, the minimum wage rate also increased from $4.08 to $4.15.
Ohio is one of 18 states that ushered in the New Year with minimum wage increases. The change is the result of a state constitutional amendment passed in 2006, which automatically adjusts Ohio’s minimum wage rate each year according to inflation rates.