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Oregon Minimum Wage Law

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on October 10, 2013.

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Employers in Oregon must conform with these state rules regarding the minimum wage paid to employees.

Effective January 1, 2014, the minimum wage rate in Oregon is $9.10 per hour ($8.95 per hour for 2013; $8.80 per hour for 2012).

Oregon's minimum wage law covers employees except:

  • most agricultural laborers
  • domestic servants
  • administrative, executive or professional employees who:
    • perform predominantly intellectual, managerial, or creative tasks
    • exercise discretion and independent judgment
    • earn a salary and are paid on a salary basis
  • federal employees
  • employees of an institution whose primary function is education and at which the employee is a student
  • employees in the capacity of an outside salesperson or taxicab operator
  • employees who perform child care services in their homes or in the child's home
  • anyone domiciled at a place of employment for the purpose of being available for emergency or occasional duties
  • persons paid for specified hours of employment, the only purpose of which is to be available for call to duty
  • persons domiciled at multi-unit accommodations designed to provide other people with temporary or permanent lodging for the purpose of maintenance, management or assisting in management
  • persons employed on a seasonal basis at an educational or organized camp generating gross annual income of less than $500,000
  • persons employed at nonprofit conference ground or center operated for educational, charitable or religious purposes
  • volunteer fire fighters
  • companions
  • golf caddies
  • volunteer golf marshals
  • resident managers of adult foster homes
  • managers of mobile home parks
  • volunteer hosts at government campgrounds

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