COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally posted in an unrelated jobs story on Aug. 10, 2021.
Ohio workers on minimum wage will get a pay raise next year.
That’s because the statewide minimum wage will increase to $9.30 per hour for non-tipped employees starting Jan. 1, 2022. That’s an increase in 50 cents an hour from the current minimum wage. Tipped employees will see a pay increase of 25 cents an hour to $4.65.
“The Constitutional Amendment (II-34a) passed by Ohio voters on in November 2006 states Ohio’s minimum wage shall increase on Jan. 1 of each year by the rate of inflation,” state officials explain. “The state minimum wage is tied to the Consumer Price index (CPI-W) for urban wage earners and clerical workers for the 12-month period prior to September. This CPI-W index increased by 5.8 percent over the 12-month period from Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.”
The 2022 minimum wage increase applies to employees who work at businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $342,000 a year.
“For employees at smaller companies with annual gross receipts of $342,000 or less per year after Jan 1. 2022, and for 14- and 15-year-olds, the state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour,” state officials said. “For these employees, the state wage is tied to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which requires an act of Congress and the President’s signature to change.