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California Cities Minimum Wage Increases 2018

(posted: December 5th, 2017)

Quite a few cities, towns and municipalities in California have minimum wage mandates that are different from the minimum wage set by the state.

Many of these mandates include yearly stepped increases for several years until a certain level is reached, often followed by increases tied to the Consumer Price Index thereafter.

With some exceptions, employers in California are subject to both federal and state minimum wage laws. Now many cities and counties have enacted their own, higher minimum wage ordinances.

So, Which Law Must You Follow?

The easiest way to remember is that when you are doing business in one of these cities you must follow the "stricter" standard; that is, you must pay the minimum wage that is most favorable to the employee.

The chart below shows some Bay Area cities with minimum wage changes in 2018.

California City Wage Date
Berkeley $15 10/1/2018
Cupertino $13.50 1/01/2018
El Cerrito $13.50 1/01/2018
Emeryville $15 (fewer than 55 employees)
$15.60 (over 55 employees)
7/01/2018
Los Altos $13.50 1/01/2018
Mountain View $15 1/01/2018
Palo Alto $13.50 1/01/2018
Richmond $13 1/01/2018
Sacramento $11 1/01/2018 & 7/01/18
San Francisco $15 7/01/2018
San Jose $13.50 1/01/2018
San Leandro $13 7/01/2018
San Mateo $15 ($13.50 nonprofits) 1/01/2018
Sunnyvale $15 1/01/2018

Please Contact Us with any questions you may have about your minimum wage compliance.

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