Ohio Releases 2019 Minimum Wage Notice

Effective January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in Ohio will be on the rise, based on the state’s annual adjustment for inflation. The Ohio Department of Commerce has issued the updated Minimum Wage notice, which has a new revision date of September 30, 2018.

The only changes to the notice are the new wage rates for 2019, but for those of you who may be unfamiliar with Ohio’s minimum wage requirements, we’ve included some other details that appear on the Minimum Wage notice.

2019 Minimum Wage Rates for Ohio

Non-Tipped Employees

The minimum wage for non-tipped employees increases to $8.55 per hour. However, employers who gross less than $314,000 (previously $305,000) are required to pay their employees no less than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Employees under the age of 16 should also be paid no less than the federal minimum wage.

Tipped Employees

The minimum wage for tipped employees increases to $4.30 per hour, plus tips. Tipped employees are still defined as those who engage in an occupation in which they customarily and regularly receive more than 30 dollars in tips.

Employers who use the tip credit provision should be aware that they must be able to show that their tipped employees receive at least the minimum wage when direct or cash wages plus the tip credit are combined.


Employers are required to pay overtime at one and one-half times an employee’s wage rate for all hours worked above 40 in one workweek. Employers who gross less than $150,000 per year are exempt from paying overtime.

Minimum Wage Exemptions

Individuals who are exempt from receiving the minimum wage include the following:

  • U.S. government employees
  • Baby-sitters or live-in companions hired to work in an employer’s home
  • Outside sales people who receive commissions
  • Employees who work with children under the age of 18 at recreational camps owned by nonprofit organizations

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