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Higher Minimum Wage for Chicago Employees Beginning July 1, 2015

On July 1, 2015, Chicago’s minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour. This increase in the minimum wage is the first increase in a series of annual tiered minimum wage increases that will continue through 2019.

Any employee of a covered employer who works in Chicago for at least two hours in any two-week period must be paid at least the minimum wage provided by the ordinance. Employers with business facilities in Chicago or employers who are subject to Chicago licensing requirements must comply with the updated minimum wage ordinance.

Subsequent increases to Chicago’s minimum wage will be as follows:

  • $10.50 per hour beginning on July 1, 2016;
  • $11.00 per hour beginning on July 1, 2017;
  • $12.00 per hour beginning on July 1, 2018; and,
  • $13.00 per hour beginning on July 1, 2019.

The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase to $5.45 on July 1, 2015 and will subsequently increase to $5.95 per hour on July 1, 2016.