Minimum wage in California

The minimum wage in your state may be set by state or federal law.

Current Minimum Wage in California

Updated: 2020-06-24 by

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The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the “floor” minimum wage for eligible workers in the U.S. This means most workers can't be paid less than the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour. But, many states and some local governments set their own minimum wage. Workers are entitled to be paid the highest minimum wage that applies where they work, whether it is set by federal, state, or local law. 

The minimum wage in California is $13 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in California must be paid at least $13 an hour. 

Quite a few local governments in California have passed ordinances establishing a higher minimum wage. If you work in one of these cities or counties, you are entitled to earn the higher local minimum wage amount:

  • Alameda: $15
  • Belmont: $15
  • Berkeley: $16.07
  • Cupertino: $15.35
  • El Cerrito: $15.37
  • Emeryville: $16.84
  • Fremont: $15 (more than 25 employees); $13.50 (up to 25 employees)
  • Los Altos: $15.40
  • Los Angeles: $15 (more than 25 employees); $14.25 (up to 25 employees)
  • Los Angeles County: $15 (more than 25 employees); $14.25 (up to 25 employees)
  • Malibu: $15 (more than 25 employees); $14.25 (up to 25 employees)
  • Milpitas: $15.40
  • Mountain View: $16.05
  • Novato: $15 (100 or more employees); $14 (26 - 99 employees); $13 (up to 25 employees)
  • Oakland: $14.14
  • Palo Alto: $15.40
  • Pasadena: $15 (more than 25 employees); $14.25 (up to 25 employees)
  • Redwood City: $15.38
  • Richmond: $15
  • San Diego: $13
  • San Francisco: $16.07
  • San Jose: $15.25
  • San Leandro: $15
  • San Mateo: $15.38
  • Santa Clara: $15.40
  • Santa Monica: $15 (more than 25 employees); $14.25 (up to 25 employees)
  • Santa Rosa: $15 (more than 25 employees); $14 (up to 25 employees)
  • Sonoma: $13.50 (more than 25 employees); $12.50 (up to 25 employees)
  • Sunnyvale: $16.05

In some localities, the minimum wage is slightly lower for smaller employers and employers who contribute a certain amount to employee benefits. Contact your city or county government office to learn the details of your local minimum wage law. 

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