California State and Local Minimum Wages Going Up

On January 1, 2019, the California minimum wage will be increasing at the state and local level in several cities. SB 3, approved by Governor Jerry Brown back in 2016, mandates a $15.00 an hour minimum wage by the year 2022 for employers with 26 or more employees and by 2023 for employers with 25 or less employees. As such, the minimum wage has been gradually increasing each year since January 1, 2017, in accordance with the California minimum wage schedule. Below are the current minimum wage rates for the state of California.

$11.00 (employers with 25 employees or less)

$12.00 (employers with 26 employees or more)

Visit the U.S. Department of Labor page to view minimum wages for other states.

Several cities and counties have enacted their own ordinances to reach the $15.00 minimum wage at a faster rate. The list below provides the current minimum wage for several cities and counties in California. As a reminder, please check your city and county’s local ordinances for the most up-to-date information to ensure minimum wage compliance. Employers must pay the higher wages starting on the day the increase takes effect – not the next payroll period. As such, mid-cycle adjustments will be required in most cases.

Berkeley City

Oct. 1, 2018: $15.00

From July 1, 2019 Berkely will peg its annual increases to match inflation rates.

(Official Website)

Belmont

Jan.1, 2019: $13.50

(Official Website)

Cupertino

Jan.1, 2019: $15.00

Adjustment of the minimum wage will be announced by October and shall become effective as the new minimum wage on Jan. 1 of each year.

(Official Website)

El Cerrito

Jan. 1, 2019: $15.00

(Official Website)

Emeryville

The minimum wage will increase annually with Large Business minimum wage rates adjusting annually for inflation every July 1 based on the annual increase in the local consumer price index (CPI). Small Business minimum wage rates will increase until 2019, at which point the Small Business minimum wage rate will match the Large Business minimum wage rate and both will be increased every July 1 by the local CPI, see in the table below:

Effective date          55 or fewer employees        
65 or more employees
July 1, 2018 $15.00 $15.60 (CPI)
July 1, 2019 $16.00 (CPI) $16.00 (CPI)
July 1, 2020 $16.42 (CPI) $16.42 (CPI)

(Official Website)

Los Altos

Jan. 1, 2019: $15.00

Adjustment of the minimum wage will be announced by October and shall become effective as the new minimum wage on Jan. 1 of each year.

(Official Website)

Los Angeles City and County

Effective date        26 or more employees            25 or fewer employees
July 1, 2018 $13.25 $12.00
July 1, 2019 $14.25 $13.25
July 1, 2020 $15.00 $14.25
July 1, 2021 Increase pegged to the CPI $15.00

(Official Website)

Malibu

Effective date          25 or fewer employees         26 or more employees
July 1, 2018 $12.00 $13.25
July 1, 2019 $13.25 $14.25

Beginning January 1, 2022, the minimum wage for all employers will be adjusted based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and will become effective on July 1, 2022.

(Official Website)

Milpitas

Jul. 1, 2018: $13.50
Jul. 1, 2019: $15.00

Beginning on July 1, 2020, and each July 1st thereafter, the City will adjust the minimum wage based on the Bay Area Consumer Price Index as published by the U.S. Department of Labor.

(Official Website)

Mountain View

Jan. 1, 2019: $15.65

Beginning on January 1, 2019, the minimum wage will adjust annually based on the regional Consumer Price Index (CPI).

(Official Website)

Palo Alto

Jan. 1, 2019: $15.00

Adjustment of the minimum wage will be announced by October and shall become effective as the new minimum wage on Jan. 1 of each year.

(Official Website)

Pasadena

For businesses with 26 or more employees in Pasadena, the following schedule applies.

  • Starting July 1, 2018, increases the minimum wage to $13.25 per hour.

For companies with 25 or fewer employees, the same schedule is delayed by one year.

After further City Council Action:

  • Starting July 1, 2018, increases the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour.
  • Starting July 1, 2019, increases the minimum wage to $14.25 per hour.
  • Starting July 1, 2020, increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

(Official Website)

Redwood

Jan. 1 2019: $13.50

(Official Website)

Richmond

Jan. 1 2019: $15.00

(Official Website)

San Diego

Jan. 1, 2019: $12.00 per hour

Thereafter, beginning in 2019, the minimum wage increases on an annual basis as determined by a consumer price index. The ordinance applies to all private sector employers that are required to pay the minimum wage only to employees who work two or more hours per calendar week within city limits.

(Official Website)

San Francisco

Jul. 1, 2018: $15.00

Thereafter, beginning in 2019, the minimum wage increases on an annual basis as determined by cost of living increases.

(Official Website)

San Jose

Jan. 1, 2019: $15.00

(Official Website)

San Leandro

July 1, 2018: $13.00
July 1, 2019: $14.00
July 1, 2020: $15.00

(Official Website)

San Mateo

The schedule for the increase in the minimum wage as adopted by the City Council is as follows:

Year                   Citywide            501(c)(3) tax exempt non profits
Jan. 1, 2018 $13.50 $12.00
Jan. 1, 2019 $15.00 $13.50
Jan. 1, 2020 $15.00 + CPI $15.00 + CPI
Jan. 1, 2021 CPI CPI

(Official Website)

Santa Clara

Jan. 1, 2019: $15.00

Beginning on January 1, 2020, the minimum wage will be adjusted annually based on the regional Consumer Price Index (CPI).

(Official Website)

Santa Monica

Year      26 or more employees       25 or less employees       All Hotels
2018 $13.25 $12.00 $16.10
2019 $14.25 $13.25 Increases annually by CPI
2020 $15.00 $14.25
2021 $15.00 $15.00

(Official Website)

Sunnyvale

Jan. 1, 2019: $15.65

Beginning on January 1, 2019, the minimum wage will adjust annually based on the regional Consumer Price Index (CPI).

(Official Website)

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