Chicago Minimum Wage - Overview

Effective July 1st, 2016 !

The minimum wage for employees working within the City of Chicago will increase from $10.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour effective July 1st, 2016.

To view more information regarding the continuing minimum wage increases over the next several years,
please visit the [ City of Chicago Link HERE ]

  • Download the Chicago Minimum Wage Notice below...
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If You Are An Employer That...

  • Maintains a business facility within the City of Chicago, or
  • Is required to obtain a business license to operate in the City of Chicago, or
  • Is NOT located in Chicago, but has employees who work in the city of Chicago for two (2) or more hours in a two-week period...
THEN YOU ARE subject to this minimum wage ordinance; however, each employer's situation may vary and some employees may even be exempt from this ordinance.

This site includes the most up-to-date information as well as the items you will need to complete, prior to your first affected payroll.

To ensure that you are prepared for these changes, visit this site early and often, as the effective date is rapidly approaching. Additional information will be added to this site, as needed.

Getting Started

You must FIRST determine your effective date for any new rates of pay, and when the increase will take effect for your organization.

  1. Pay Periods starting on July 1st, 2016, will need to...
    • Begin paying all employees under the new Chicago Minimum Wage rate.
  2. All other Pay Periods spanning July 1st, 2016, will need to either...
    • Pay all hours under the new Chicago Minimum Wage Rate,


    • Pay all hours through June 30th, 2016, at the current rates, then pay all hours beginning July 1st, 2016 and beyond, under the new Chicago Minimum Wage Rate.
  3. Please select your method of payroll submission below and review the steps on how to incorporate these rate changes for your employees.

      Your Method of Payroll Submission

      • Call / Fax / E-Sheet     

      • Remote-Users      

      • POS / Time & Attendance

      • Restaurants       

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