Your Guide to Ohio’s Minimum Wage

Your Guide to Ohio’s Minimum Wage
Here's a guide to keep business owners in Ohio up to date on state minimum wage requirements.
by Square Nov 13, 2023 — 2 min read
Your Guide to Ohio’s Minimum Wage

Many states in the country are adjusting their minimum wage to keep up with the country’s ever-rising cost of living. The Buckeye State is no exception. The Ohio minimum wage was adjusted to keep up with inflation. This article tells you everything you need to know about the current status of the minimum wage in Ohio in 2024 and beyond, and what you can do to prepare for any changes.

What is the minimum wage in Ohio in 2024?

The Ohio minimum wage is increasing to $10.45 per hour for non-tipped employees and $5.25 per hour for tipped employees effective January 1, 2024. There are a few exceptions to the state minimum wage, such as overtime pay in Ohio, which is time and a half per hour for any hour worked past 40 hours in a week. Only businesses profiting more than $150,000 are required to provide overtime pay at the rate of one and one half times the employee’s wage rate for hours in excess of 40 hours in one work week.

The minimum wage for employees at smaller companies and for employees under the age of 16 is at least $7.25 — the federal minimum wage standard.

Are there plans to change the state’s minimum wage beyond 2024?

A 2006 voter-approved amendment to the Ohio Constitution ties minimum wage to inflation. So each year, the wage increases by a small amount to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index (which is used to calculate inflation).

How should small business owners prepare for minimum wage increases?

Every business is different, so there isn’t one right way to prepare. Here are a few options you may want to consider:


As always, to make sure your business is prepared and stays in compliance (get a free EIN), we recommend that you discuss these upcoming changes to the Ohio minimum wage with your accountant and lawyer.

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