Some local minimum wages will soon exceed California minimum

California employers, take heed of July 1.

It won't be long before minimum wages in a number of California cities and counties will be higher than the state minimum wage.

On July 1, various local ordinances will take effect that raise the minimum wage for workers located within specific city or county boundaries. For almost all of these ordinances, the size of the employer does not matter.

Most of the new local minimum wages will exceed the current California state minimum wage. The state minimum wage is $15 for employers with more than 26 employees, and $14 for those with 25 or fewer employees.

Here’s a rundown:

Northern California

  • Alameda: $15.75/hour
  • Berkeley: $16.99/hour
  • Emeryville: $17.68/hour
  • Foster City: $15.75/hour
  • Fremont: $16.00/hour
  • Milpitas: $16.40/hour
  • San Francisco: $16.99/hour

Southern California

  • Long Beach: $16.55/hour for certain workers at the Long Beach Airport and the Long Beach Convention Center; $16.73/hour for hotel employees at hotels with 100 or more rooms
  • Los Angeles City: $16.04/hour; $18.17/hour for hotel employees at hotels with 150 or more rooms
  • Los Angeles County (unincorporated areas): $15.96/hour
  • Malibu: $15.96/hour
  • Pasadena: $16.11/hour
  • Santa Monica: $15.96/hour; $18.17/hour for hotel employees
  • West Hollywood: $16.00/hour for 49 or fewer employees; $16.50/hour for 50 or more employees; $18.35/hour for hotel employees

State minimum wage likely to increase on January 1, 2023

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that the statewide minimum wage for all employers will probably increase to $15.50 per hour on January 1, 2023, rather than $15 per hour, as previously scheduled. The higher increase in the minimum wage rate is based on triggers in a 2016 law that requires an accelerated wage rate increase when inflation exceeds 7 percent.

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