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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 Tareen Zafrullah, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Illinois' minimum wage is $11.00 per hour. It will increase gradually until it reaches $15.00 in 2025. See Minimum Wage.
  • Illinois allows a credit for tipped employees up to 40 percent of the minimum wage and for the reasonable cost of meals and lodging. See Tip Credit 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.