Since January 1, 2015, the minimum wage for non-tipped workers in Ohio has been $8.10 per hour, which is 85 cents more an hour than the federal minimum wage. A full-time, minimum wage worker in Ohio earns about $16,800 per year.
The minimum wage in Ohio applies to employees who work for businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $297,000. All other businesses in Ohio must pay non-tipped employees at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
In 2006, voters approved an amendment to the Ohio Constitution that ties the state minimum wage to the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which means that the Ohio minimum wage increases are indexed to inflation. Attempts were made to raise the Ohio Minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for year 2016, but since the CPI-W declined 0.3 percent from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015, those attempts were unsuccessful.
In Ohio, the minimum wage for tipped workers is $4.05 per hour. However, the wages plus tips must equal at least $8.10 per hour. If the wages and tips does not equal at least $8.10 per hour the employer must pay the employee the difference.
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