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2018 California Minimum Wage Rates

Posted by Eric Kingsley | Feb 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Background On California Minimum Wage Rates – Increases  

On April 4, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new minimum wage bill. The bill raised the state's minimum wage for employers with more than 25 employees to $10 per hour effective July 1, 2016 and $10.50 per hour effective January 1, 2017. The minimum wage will then increase by an additional $1 per hour every year until it reaches $15 in 2022.

2018 Minimum Wages

Effective January 1, 2018, California minimum wage rates increased to $11.00 per hour (from $10.50) for employers with 26 or more employees and $10.50 per hour (from $10.00) for employers with 25 or fewer employees. However, depending on where you work, your employer might be required to pay you more than the state minimum wage. The chart below outlines the change in minimum wage for each California locality in which an increase takes place in 2018.

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California City / County Effective Date of Increase 2018 Minimum Wage 2017 Minimum Wage
Berkeley October 1, 2018 $15.00 $13.75
Berkeley October 1, 2018 $13.25 (Employer youth
works & job training)
$12.00 (Employer youth
works & job training)
Cupertino January 1, 2018 $13.50 $12.00
El Cerrito January 1, 2018 $13.60 $12.25
Emeryville July 1, 2018 $15.60 (56 or more
employees)
$15.20 (56 or more employees)
Emeryville July 1, 2018 $15.00 (55 or fewer
employees)
$14.00 (55 or fewer
employees)
Los Altos January 1, 2018 $13.50 $12.00
Los Angeles (city) July 1, 2018 $13.25 (26 or more
employees)
$12.00 (26 or more
employees)
Los Angeles (city) July 1, 2018 $12.00 (25 or fewer
employees)
$10.50 (25 or fewer employees)
Los Angeles (county) July 1, 2018 $13.25 (26 or more
employees)
$12.00 (26 or more
employees)
Los Angeles (county) July 1, 2018 $12.00 (25 or fewer
employees)
$10.50 (25 or fewer employees)
Milpitas January 1, 2018 $12.00 $11.00
Milpitas July 1, 2018 $13.00 $11.00
Mountain View January 1, 2018 $15.00 $13.00
Oakland January 1, 2018 $13.23 $12.86
Palo Alto January 1, 2018 $13.50 $12.00
Pasadena July 1, 2018 $13.25 (26 or more
employees)
$12.00 (26 or more
employees)
Pasadena July 1, 2018 $12.00 (25 or fewer
employees)
$10.50 (25 or fewer
employees)
Richmond January 1, 2018 $13.41 without benefits $12.30 without benefits
Richmond January 1, 2018 $11.91 with benefits $10,80 with benefits
San Francisco July 1, 2018 $15,00 $14.00
San Jose January 1, 2018 $13.00 $12.00
San Leandro July 1, 2018 $13.00 $12.00
San Mateo January 1, 2018 $13.50 $12.00
San Mateo January 1, 2018 $12.00 (non-profit) $10.50 (non-profit)
Santa Clara January 1, 2018 $13.00 $11.10
Santa Monica July 1, 2018 $13.25 (26 or more
employees)
$12.00 (26 or more
employees)
Santa Monica July 1, 2018 $12.25 (25 or fewer employees) $10.50 (25 or fewer employees)
Sunnyvale January 1, 2018 $15.00 $13.00

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