What is the minimum wage in Illinois? That number rose at the start of the new year, as what Illinois joined several states with an increase in the minimum wage by 2023.
Effective January 1, 2023, the state minimum wage increased from $12 to $13 an hour.
For workers who regularly earn tips, the rate is now $7.80, however the state says “these workers must still earn minimum wage after receiving tips, or the employer must make up the difference.”
Workers under the age of 18 who work fewer than 650 hours per year also have a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour effective January 1.
The minimum wage increase is part of an annual increase that will continue through 2025.
In 2019, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation into law providing a multi-year path to increasing Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 per hour and $9 for tipped workers.
Since that legislation was signed, there have been four increases in the minimum wage, with the fifth just days away.
During 2020, most residents saw two minimum wage increases: first to $9.25 in January and then to $10 in July.
On January 1, 2021, the minimum increased once more, to $11 per hour.
And on January 1, 2022, the state minimum wage went up to what it currently is: $12 per hour.
The rate will continue to increase on January 1 of each year until it reaches $15 per hour on January 1, 2025.
“Illinois workers deserve a minimum wage that keeps up with the rising costs of living,” Governor JB Pritzker said in a statement. “That’s why, during my first year as governor, we raised the minimum wage in a gradual ramp to $15 an hour. Starting January 1, minimum wage workers will get a raise and businesses will continue to receive tax credits for providing their workforce with a living wage.”
It should be noted that Cook County and the City of Chicago each have their own minimum wage ordinances, and both are higher than the state’s current rate.
In Cook County, the minimum wage increased from $13 to $13.35 on July 1, 2022 for non-tipped workers and from $6.60 to $7.40 for tipped workers.
In Chicago, the minimum wage for non-tipped workers increased from $15 to $15.40 on July 1, 2022 for large businesses that employ 21 or more workers, and $14.50 for smaller businesses. And for tipped workers, rates increased to $9.24 for large employers and $8.70 for smaller businesses.
According to a 2020 University of Illinois Illinois Economic Policy Institute study, more than 1.4 million hourly working adults in Illinois earn less than $15 per hour.