Jan 3, 2023 - Business

Minimum wage in Ohio gets a bump

Data: U.S. Department of Labor and Ohio Department of Commerce; Note: Pay rate is for non-tipped employees. Tipped employees' rate is lower; Chart: Axios Visuals

Ohio's minimum wage just saw its biggest boost in years, but it's still considered inadequate for low-income workers to get by.

State of play: Statewide minimum wage increases each Jan. 1 to match the rate of inflation, per a 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment.

  • The minimum wage for non-tipped employees increased from $9.30 to $10.10 per hour.
  • For tipped employees, it rose from $4.65 to $5.05.

The big picture: 2023 marks the highest one-year jump since the amendment was enacted.

  • More than 400,000 workers will earn a higher paycheck from the increase or via adjusted pay scales, local think tank Policy Matters Ohio estimates.

Yes, but: Last year's inflation spike means Ohioans are paying much more for food, housing and other essentials.

  • Anti-poverty groups want to place a constitutional amendment on a future ballot that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
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