Article PDX Index: Minimum Wage By Derek Pettie 12/22/2011 at 9:00am Respective ranks, among US states, of the MINIMUM HOURLY WAGE in Washington ($9.04) and Oregon ($8.80) as of January 1, 2012. Respective ranks, among US states, of the MINIMUM HOURLY WAGE in Washington ($9.04) and Oregon ($8.80) as of January 1, 2012. Estimated number of Oregon jobs that paid LESS THAN $8.80 PER HOUR in the first quarter of 2011. ADDITIONAL HOURLY COST to employers per worker under Oregon’s new minimum wage. $5.15 LOWEST STATE MINIMUM WAGE in the US (Georgia and Wyoming), overridden by federal minimum wage of $7.25 INITIAL FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE established in 1938 ($4.02 in 2011 value) The year when federal minimum wage peaked in inflation-adjusted BUYING POWER (at about $10 per hour in 2010 dollars) Approximate percentage of a full-time minimum-wage workers salary needed to purchase an ALL-ZONE TRIMET PASS This article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine. Filed under Mudroom Show Comments Sign up for newsletters!