Are You Ready? New Minimum Wages Coming to California in 2024

January 1, 2024, is not only bringing in a whole new year but also new minimum wages!

New increased minimum wage requirements will take effect on January 1, 2024, for the state of California, as well as multiple California cities and counties. The increased wages apply only to hours worked on or after January 1, 2024.

As of January 1, 2024, new statewide minimum wages for California are as follows:

  • California State Minimum Wage for Hourly Employees: $16.00/hour (regardless of size)

  • California State Minimum Wage for Exempt Employees: $66,560/year, or $1,280/ week

As of January 1, 2024, minimum wages will be increasing in the following cities/counties in California:

Belmont, CA:


Burlingame, CA:


Cupertino, CA:


Daly City, CA:


East Palo Alto, CA:


El Cerrito, CA:


Foster City, CA:


Half Moon Bay, CA:


Hayward, CA:

$16.00/hour for small businesses (25 or fewer employees);
$16.90/hour for large businesses (26 or more employees)

Los Altos, CA:


Menlo Park, CA:


Mountain View, CA:


Novato, CA:

$16.04/ hour for small businesses with 1-25 employees;
$16.60/hour for large businesses with 26-99 employees;
$16.86/hour for very large businesses with 100 or more employees.

Oakland, CA:

$16.50/hour; $17.94/hour for hotel workers with Health Benefits;
$23.91/hour for hotel workers without Health Benefits.

Palo Alto, CA:


Petaluma, CA:


Redwood City, CA:


Richmond, CA:


San Carlos, CA:


San Diego, CA (city):


San Jose, CA:


San Mateo, CA (city):


San Mateo, CA (unincorporated county):


Santa Clara, CA (city):


Santa Rosa, CA:


Sonoma, CA (city):

$17.60/hour for large employers (26 or more employees);
$16.56/hour for small employers (25 or fewer employees)

South San Francisco, CA:


Sunnyvale, CA:


There are additional jurisdictions with minimum wage rates different than those above and the state of California. For more information regarding specific city & county minimum wages in California, please visit our California City & State Minimum Wages page.

Stay Compliant With Labor Law Posting Solutions!

To meet workplace posting obligations, the increased wage must be reflected on mandatory Labor Law postings to ensure compliance. Contact us for more information regarding available Labor Law Poster solutions. You can satisfy these requirements for remote employees and non-traditional worksites with our ePoster Service.

FAQs about California’s New Minimum Wages in 2024

What is the new minimum wage in California starting January 1, 2024?

The new statewide minimum wage for hourly employees in California starting January 1, 2024, is $16.00/hour, regardless of the size of the business. For exempt employees, the minimum wage is $66,560/year or $1,280/week.

Are there different minimum wage rates in specific cities and counties in California?

Yes, starting January 1, 2024, there are different minimum wage rates in various cities and counties in California. Some examples include Belmont ($17.35/hour), Cupertino ($17.75/hour), Mountain View ($18.75/hour), and Sonoma (ranging from $16.56/hour to $17.60/hour, depending on the size of the employer).

Where can I find more information about specific city and county minimum wages in California?

You can find more information about specific city and county minimum wages in California by visiting the California City & State Minimum Wages page. This resource will provide you with detailed information on minimum wage rates in different jurisdictions.

How can I ensure compliance with the new minimum wage requirements?

To ensure compliance with the new minimum wage requirements, it is important to update your mandatory Labor Law postings. These postings must reflect the increased wage. You can contact us for more information on available Labor Law Poster solutions, including options for remote employees and non-traditional worksites.

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