Some Facts about Wages in Clackamas County

by Lynn Wallis

August 6, 2019

In 2018, 56,989 or 29.4 percent of workers in Clackamas County earned less than $15 an hour. This was a smaller share than in 2014 and 2016 when it was at 39.4 percent and 36.9 percent, respectively.

The portion of employees earning more than $15 an hour in all wage categories has been increasing slightly since 2014. In 2018, 70.6 percent or 56,989 employees earned $15 or more an hour compared with 60.6 percent and 63.1 percent in 2014 and 2016.
The Minimum Wage

Oregon’s new minimum wage law was passed in 2016 and the legislation established a series of annual minimum rate increases beginning July 1, 2016 through July 1, 2022. Three separate rate schedules were created: Standard, Portland Metro, and Nonurban Counties. Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties fall into the highest, Portland Metro category.
On July 1, 2019, the minimum wage in Clackamas County increased to $12.50 an hour and it will increase again to $13.25 on July 1, 2020.

The number of employees earning minimum wage in Clackamas County more than doubled in 2018 from 2014, reaching 19,716 (10.2%). The number of minimum wage workers was significantly less in the third quarters of 2014 and 2016 at 8,948 (5.8%) and 10,278 (5.6%), respectively.

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