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On New Year's Day, Ohio's Minimum Wage Increasing To $8.70

Money in a tip jar.
Miguel A. Padrinan

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Ohio’s lowest paid workers will have a special reason to celebrate. 

In 2020, Ohio’s minimum wage increases by 15 cents to $8.70 an hour. Tipped employees will get 5 cents more per hour.

A 2006 constitutional amendment approved by Ohio voters increases the state’s minimum wage on January 1 by the rate of inflation.

Some larger Ohio companies already pay a higher minimum wage. This year, Columbus raised its minimum wage for city employees to $15 an hour, as did The Ohio State University.

Not everyone is subject to the wage increases. Smaller companies with annual gross receipts of $319,000 or less are allowed to pay a lower minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. That's also the minimum allowed for 14 and 15-year-olds. It would require an act of Congress and the president's signature to change those minimum wages.

For Ohioans getting this wage increase, it could mean an extra $1.20 for an 8-hour day. That’s roughly enough for one bus pass or about half of one gallon of gas.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.