California State and Local Minimum Wage 2022

Updated October 5, 2022

California Minimum Wage 2022

The California minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2023 – and many California local minimum wage rates will also increase on the same date.

Here is everything you need to know about the current minimum wage rates in 2022 and the proposed increases in 2023.

California Minimum Wage 2022

For employers with 25 employees or less, the California minimum wage in 2022 is $14 per hour.

For employers with 26 or more employees, the California minimum wage in 2022 is $15 per hour [source].

Looking ahead, California employers can anticipate the following rate increases in 2023:

Effective DateLarge Employers
(26+ Employees)
Small Employers
(25 or fewer Employees)
January 1, 2022 (current rate)$15$14
January 1, 2023$15.50$15.50

An employer with 26 or more employees at any time during a pay period should apply the higher minimum wage to all employees for that pay period. If an employer’s workforce falls below 26 employees the employer does not need to automatically lower their minimum wage rate.

However, if the minimum wage is reduced because the threshold falls below 26 employees, the employer must notify the affected employees in advance before reducing their wages.

Important to note, there are Minimum Salary Exemptions for California such as computer software professionals. To learn about any of these exemptions in California, or any state, please message us.

California Local Minimum Wage 2022

Local jurisdictions – Counties or Cities – may have their own minimum wage that may trump the State minimum wage. Employers must pay the rate that benefits the employee.

Los Angeles Minimum Wage Effective July 1, 2022

Starting July 1, 2022 the Los Angeles minimum wage is $16.04 per hour. All Employers are required to pay the new minimum wage according to the Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance. The minimum wage rate will be adjusted every year according to Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance Section 187.02. The official notice can be found here

Please check the tables below for minimum wage rates in 2022 and 2023 for all other local jurisdictions.

California City and County Minimum Wage Effective July 1, 2022

JurisdictionLarge Employers
(26+ Employees)
Small Employers
(25 or fewer Employees)
Alameda [source]$15.75$15.75
Belmont [source]$16.20$16.20
Berkeley [source]$16.99$16.99
Burlingame [source]$15.60$15.60
Cupertino [source]$16.40$16.40
Daly City [source]$15.53$15.53
East Palo Alto [source]$15.60$15.60
El Cerrito [source]$16.37$16.37
Emeryville [source]$17.68$17.68
Foster City [source]$15.75$15.75
Fremont [source]$16.00$16.00
Half Moon Bay [source]$15.56$15.56
Hayward [source]$15.56$14.52
Los Altos [source]$16.40$16.40
Los Angeles [source]$16.04$16.04
Los Angeles [source]
(City & Unincorporated Areas
of County)
$15.96$15.96
Malibu [source]$15.96$15.96
Menlo Park [source]$15.75$15.75
Milpitas [source]$16.40$16.40
Mountain View [source]$17.10$17.10
Novato [source]$15.53
($15.77 for Very Large Employers
with 100+ Employees)
$15.00
Oakland [source]$15.06$15.06
Palo Alto [source]$16.45$16.45
Pasadena [source]$16.11$16.11
Petaluma [source]$15.85$15.85
Redwood City [source]$16.20$16.20
Richmond [source]$15.54$15.54
San Carlos [source]$15.77$15.77
San Diego [source]$15.00$15.00
San Francisco [source]$16.99$16.99
San Jose [source]$16.20$16.20
San Leandro [source]$15.00$15.00
San Mateo [source]$16.20$16.20
Santa Clara [source]$16.40$16.40
Santa Monica [source]$15.96$15.96
Santa Rosa [source]$15.85$15.85
Sonoma [source]$16.00$15.00
South San Francisco [source]$15.80$15.80
Sunnyvale [source]$17.10$17.10
West Hollywood [source]$16.50
Large = 50+
employees
$16.00
Small = less than 50
employees

California City and County Minimum Wage Effective Jan 1, 2023

JurisdictionLarge Employers
(26+ Employees)
Small Employers
(25 or fewer Employees)
Alameda [source]$15.75$15.75
Belmont [source]$16.75$16.75
Berkeley [source]$16.99$16.99
Burlingame [source]$16.47$16.47
Cupertino [source]$16.40 + CPI$16.40 + CPI
Daly City [source]$16.07$16.07
East Palo Alto [source]$15.60 + CPI$15.60 + CPI
El Cerrito [source]$17.35$17.35
Emeryville [source]$17.68$17.68
Foster City [source]$16.50$16.50
Fremont [source]$16.00
+ Consumer Price Index (CPI)
$16.00
+ Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Half Moon Bay [source]$15.56 + CPI$15.56 + CPI
Hayward [source]$16.34$15.50
Los Altos [source]$16.40 + CPI$16.40 + CPI
Los Angeles [source]$16.04 + CPI$16.04 + CPI
Los Angeles [source]
(City & Unincorporated Areas
of County)
$15.96 + CPI$15.96 + CPI
Malibu [source]$15.96 + CPI$15.96 + CPI
Menlo Park [source]$15.75 + CPI$15.75 + CPI
Milpitas [source]$16.40 + CPI$16.40 + CPI
Mountain View [source]$17.10 + CPI$17.10 + CPI
Novato [source]$15.53
($15.77 for Very Large Employers
with 100+ Employees)
$15.00
Oakland [source]$15.06 + CPI$15.06 + CPI
Palo Alto [source]$17.30$17.30
Pasadena [source]$16.11 + CPI$16.11 + CPI
Petaluma [source]$17.06$17.06
Redwood City [source]$16.20 + CPI$16.20 + CPI
Richmond [source]$15.54 + CPI$15.54 + CPI
San Carlos [source]$16.32$16.32
San Diego [source]$15.00 + CPI$15.00 + CPI
San Francisco [source]$16.99 + CPI$16.99 + CPI
San Jose [source]$16.20 + CPI$16.20 + CPI
San Leandro [source]$15.00 + CPI$15.00 + CPI
San Mateo [source]$16.75$16.75
Santa Clara [source]$17.20$17.20
Santa Monica [source]$15.96 + CPI$15.96 + CPI
Santa Rosa [source]$17.06$17.06
Sonoma [source]$17.00$16.00
South San Francisco [source]$15.80 + CPI$15.80 + CPI
Sunnyvale [source]$17.10 + CPI$17.10 + CPI
West Hollywood [source]$17.50
Large = 50+
employees
$17.00
Small = less than 50
employees

To keep your business up to date with the current Minimum Wage in your local jurisdiction or state, why not use our Labor Law Poster Service – you’ll be updated automatically with new Labor Law Posters based on your state, industry, and employee size.

Minimum Wage in Other States

We service small businesses, CPAs and accountants in most states and are constantly expanding. Please reach out to us for information about the minimum wage in your state.

Please be aware that other states may change their minimum wage rates in months other than January. For example, the minimum wage in Hawaii increased to $12.00 per hour on October 1, 2022.

Always double-check the minimum wage in your area, as governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), to verify this article has the most current information.

Things can change rapidly during a pandemic. We are here to help you through these changing regulations.

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