Minimum Wage in Chicago Increased July 1

Minimum Wage in Chicago Increased July 1

On July 1, the minimum wage in Chicago increased to $10 an hour, $5.45 for tipped employees like restaurant servers.

The wage applies to employers who maintain a business within the city and employees who work two hours in the city within a period of two weeks. This includes domestic employees and home health care workers.

It does not apply to employees taking part in government-subsidized temporary youth employment programs; employees taking part in government-subsidized transitional employment program; employees of any governmental other than the city; and certain employees exempted under state law.

Employers that violate the Minimum Wage Ordinance will be fined $500 to $1,000 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues constitutes a separate offense to which a separate fine shall apply.

Find a copy of the full ordinance at the city’s website. Suspected violations can be reported to 311 or my office.