)Compiled and first published by the Oregon Center for Public Policy)
Raising Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018, a proposal currently before the legislature, would constitute great progress for Oregon working families.
Here are preliminary estimates of the impact of the proposed raise:
Number of workers helped: By 2018, about 589,000 workers would likely see their wages rise directly as a result of the increase. At the same time, another 114,000 workers earning above $15 would also likely see their wages increase indirectly as employers adjust overall pay ladders.
Total wages gains: As a group, workers benefiting directly and indirectly from the increase would gain about $3.2 billion in additional wages during the three-year implementation period.
Workers’ gains: The gains of particular workers due to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour would depend, of course, on their current hourly wage and number of hours worked. At the high end of the range, Oregonians currently earning the minimum wage of $9.25 and working 35 hours per week would gain $10,465 in yearly income, or $872 per month, assuming their work hours stay the same.
Families with children helped: About a third of all workers directly benefiting from the increase have children. Among all single-parent workers in the state, almost half (47 percent) would experience wage gains directly as a result of the minimum wage increase.
Age of workers helped: Among workers directly affected by the increase, about 93 percent would be 20 years or older. About three-quarters (74 percent) would be 25 years of age or older. About two out of five (39 percent) would be 40 years of age or older.
Gender of workers helped: Among workers directly affected by the increase, about 53 percent would be women and 47 percent would be men.
Full-time workers helped: About 61 percent of workers who would gain a raise would be full-time workers, defined as 35 hours or more worked per week. Another 30 percent of those helped would be Oregonians working between 20 and 34 hours per week.
College-educated helped: Among those directly affected by the increase, about 55 percent would have at least some college education. About 16 percent would have a college degree or higher.
 HB 2009 would raise Oregon’s minimum wage from the current $9.25 to $15 hour in three steps: $11.50 in 2016, $13.25 in 2017, and $15 in 2018.
 Unless otherwise noted, these estimates come from analysis by the Economic Policy Institute of Current Population Survey, Outgoing Rotation Group public use microdata, 2013Q4-2014Q3.
 Directly affected workers would see their wages rise because the new minimum wage rate would exceed their current hourly pay.
 Indirectly affected workers are those whose wages are not far above the proposed new minimum wage. They would receive a raise as employer s adjust pay scales upward in response to the new minimum wage.
 OCPP analysis.