Minimum Wage Rates in California (CA)

- Minimum Wage Rates in California (CA) -


Below are current and future minimum wage rates in California. Click on the links provided for posters and additional wage information, including certain details on coverage, exemptions, tips, deductions, and immigration status.

Government Current Minimum Wage(s) Future Minimum Wage(s)
State of California
  • $10.50 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
  • $11.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees
Employers with 25 or fewer employees:
  • $11.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
Employers with 26 or more employees:
  • $12.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
Belmont $12.50 per hour $13.50 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
Berkeley $13.75 per hour $15.00 per hour, beginning October 1, 2018
Cupertino $13.50 per hour $15.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
El Cerrito $13.60 per hour $15.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
Emeryville
  • $15.00 per hour for employers with 55 or fewer employees
  • $15.69 per hour for employers with 56 or more employees
N/A
Los Altos $13.50 per hour $15.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
Los Angeles (city)
  • $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
  • $13.25 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees
Employers with 25 or fewer employees:
  • $13.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Employers with 26 or more employees:
  • $14.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Los Angeles (county)
(Applicable to employees who work within unincorporated areas of L.A. County)
  • $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
  • $13.25 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees
Employers with 25 or fewer employees:
  • $13.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Employers with 26 or more employees:
  • $14.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Malibu
  • $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
  • $13.25 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees
Employers with 25 or fewer employees:
  • $13.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Employers with 26 or more employees:
  • $14.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Milpitas $13.50 per hour $15.00 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Mountain View $15.00 per hour N/A
Oakland $13.23 per hour N/A
Palo Alto $13.50 per hour $15.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
Pasadena
  • $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
  • $13.25 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees
N/A
Redwood City $13.50 per hour $15.00 per hour plus any increase for inflation, beginning January 1, 2020
Richmond $13.41 per hour N/A
San Diego $11.50 per hour N/A
San Francisco $15.00 per hour N/A
San Jose $13.50 per hour $15.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
San Leandro $13.00 per hour $14.00 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
San Mateo $13.50 per hour $15.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
Santa Clara $13.00 per hour $15.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2019
Santa Monica
  • $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
  • $13.25 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees
Employers with 25 or fewer employees:
  • $13.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Employers with 26 or more employees:
  • $14.25 per hour, beginning July 1, 2019
Sunnyvale $15.00 per hour N/A

Special Note Regarding Minor Employees: The minimum wage in California is the same for both adult and minor employees. There is no distinction made between adults and minors when it comes to payment of the minimum wage.

Special Note Regarding Tipped Employees: Unlike federal regulations, California law does not permit an employer to use an employee's tips as a credit toward its obligation to pay the minimum wage. As a result, California employees must receive the minimum wage plus any tips left for them by patrons of the employer's business. Click here for more information regarding tipped employees.

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