Minimum wage in California

California Wage and Overtime Law

California Wage and Overtime Law

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California Wage and Overtime Law

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the “floor” minimum wage for eligible workers in the U.S. 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 $10 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in California must be paid at least $10 an hour. 

A handful of 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:

  • Berkeley: $11
  • Emeryville: $14.44
  • Los Angeles: $10
  • Los Angeles County: $10
  • Mountain View: $11
  • Oakland: $12.55
  • Palo Alto: $11
  • Richmond: $11.52
  • San Francisco: $12.25
  • San Jose: $10.30
  • Santa Clara: $11
  • Santa Monica: $10
  • Sunnyvale: $10.30

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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