Minimum wage workers in Salem and across Oregon to see pay raise


Oregon’s minimum wage will increase on July 1, 2021. How much varies by three different regions of the state. (Courtesy/Oregon Employment Department)

The minimum wage in Salem will increase to $12.75 an hour starting July 1, up from the current $12 an hour. 

In 2016, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill that established regular increases in the minimum wage that vary by three different areas of the state. Workers in the Portland area will see the minimum wage rise to $14 an hour, up from $13.25. Non-urban counties will see an increase from $11.50 to $12. 

Salem is in the third area that includes most of western Oregon outside of the Portland area.  

According to Oregon Employment Department numbers, 5.4% of workers in Marion County, or 9,977, currently make minimum wage. In Polk County, 6.5% of workers, or 1,540, make minimum wage. 

The county with the smallest share of minimum wage workers is Sherman County, with 2.8%. The largest is Wheeler County, with 16.9%.  

-Jake Thomas