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Minimum wage California by city

2018 California State Minimum Wage Increases

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 January 1, 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
2017 $10.50 $10.00
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 2017 California Minimum Wage table by City