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Minimum Wage: Illinois

Minimum Wage requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline, Stacey Smiricky and Jenie Van Hampton, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • Illinois' minimum wage is $8.25 per hour, a dollar higher than the federal minimum wage. See Minimum Wage.
  • Illinois allows a credit for tipped employees up to 40 percent of the minimum wage and fro the reasonable cost of meals and lodging. See Credit for Tipped Employees and Credit for Meals and Lodging.
  • Illinois permits payment of subminimum wages to individuals with disabilities, learners, minors and trainees under certain circumstances. See Subminimum Wages.
  • Localities including Chicago and Cook County have requirements pertaining to the minimum wage. See Local Requirements.