Oregon's minimum wage rate will remain unchanged at $9.25 per hour in 2016. The state's minimum wage is linked to inflation and is adjusted on January 1st in most years. Since inflation was little changed over the last year, the minimum wage rate will not increase in 2016.
The last time Oregon saw no change in the minimum wage was in 2010. Inflation declined over the year, so the state's minimum wage remained at $8.40 in both 2009 and 2010.
Oregon had the second-highest state minimum wage in 2015, behind Washington (the District of Columbia and some cities also had a higher minimum wage). Oregon's 2016 rate will remain lower than Washington's minimum wage -- which will remain unchanged at $9.47 per hour -- but above the federal minimum wage rate, which rose to $7.25 per hour on July 24, 2009 and has stayed there since. The federal minimum wage is not adjusted annually for inflation.
For more information about minimum-wage jobs by industry, contact State Employment Economist Nick Beleiciks (who also wrote this summary!).
Note: The inflation-adjustment to 2016 comes from the Office of Economic Analysis inflation forecast.