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Minimum wage California by city

2018 California State Minimum Wage Increases

On January 1st, 2018, California’s state minimum wage increased for employers. Please note that several localities have also implemented minimum wage rates that differ the state minimum (above).

In 2016, bill SB 3 was signed to gradually increase the minimum wage in California to $15 per hour by 2022. The action made California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide.

Large employers with 26 or more employees were required to comply beginning in 2017 with gradual minimum wage increases that will reach $15 per hour by 2022. Small businesses with 25 or fewer employees were given a one-year delay for implementation with the first increase to begin on January 1st, 2018. Subsequently, small businesses will reach the $15 per hour rate in 2023.


Rate (Jan. 1) 26 Employees or More 25 Employees or Less
2018 $11.00 $10.50
2019 $12.00 $11.00
2020 $13.00 $12.00


Note: It is recommended that employers review their current related pay rates and compliance practices, both for applicable state and local minimum wage rates as local minimum wage rates may vary by municipality.

> Review the 2018 California Minimum Wage table by City