As of July 1, 2018, Chicago minimum wage is $12.00 / tipped minimum wage is $6.25.
In December 2014, the Chicago City Council passed Mayor Emanuel’s ordinance to raise the minimum wage for all Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019, a 45 percent increase over the currently mandated minimum wage. The ordinance raises the minimum wage in steps over the next five years, beginning with an increase to a $10 minimum wage on July 1, 2015. The first increase will raise the wages of more than 200,000 workers in Chicago, an essential step in ensuring that hard work pays off for all Chicagoans. Over five years, it will increase the earnings for approximately 410,000 Chicago workers, inject $860 million into the local economy, and lift 70,000 workers out of poverty.
The ordinance requires all employers to pay the new minimum wage of $10 per hour for all employees beginning July 1st, subject to certain limitations. All businesses operating within Chicago and/or employing persons working within Chicago are required to comply.
This FAQ will provide answers to commonly asked questions associated with the Minimum Wage ordinance, how it impacts businesses and employees, and the City’s enforcement process.
Frequently Asked Questions – Spanish
Frequently Asked Questions – Polish
How to File a Complaint
BACP provides a step-by-step overview for employees who believe they have been paid less than the required minimum wage and wish to file a complaint affidavit with the City of Chicago.
Complaint Affidavit – Korean
Notice to Employers and Employees (REVISED 6/1/2018)
All businesses are required to post the Notice to Employers and Employees in each place of business beginning July 1st and include the Notice in each employee’s first paycheck following the July 1st implementation date.
Notice to Employers and Employees – Spanish
Notice to Employers and Employees – Polish
Notice to Employers and Employees – Mandarin
Chicago Minimum Wage Rules (REVISED 9/11/17)
The Rules provide additional information and guidelines for the implementation of the Chicago Minimum Wage ordinance.
Minimum Wage Ordinance
In December 2014, the Chicago City Council passed Mayor Emanuel’s ordinance to raise the minimum wage for all Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019.
Mayor Emanuel’s Minimum Wage Working Group Report
On May 20th, 2014, Mayor Emanuel appointed a diverse group of community, labor and business leaders and tasked them with evaluating options for developing a balanced proposal to raise the minimum wage for Chicago’s workers.
There will be 2 free workshops ‘UPDATE: Chicago’s Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance’ workshop on Friday, July 13th from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. and then on Wednesday, August 22nd from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
To register email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org or call 312.744.2086.