Minimum Wage Increase – 1/1/2023
- On 4 January 2023
- Posted by Chantal Mariotti
State Minimum Wage Reminder – Compliments of HR Watchdog
Beginning January 1, 2023, the California state minimum wage will be $15.50 per hour for all employers, regardless of size. This state minimum wage rate is also used to determine the salary threshold for the administrative, executive and professional exemptions — the threshold is two times the statewide minimum wage. This means, for 2023, you will need to ensure all exempt employees earn at least $64,480 per year.
In jurisdictions without a local minimum wage ordinance or with a local wage rate that is lower than the California state minimum wage, the state minimum wage rate will apply.
2023 Local Minimum Wage Rate Increases
These local minimum wage rate increases go into effect on January 1, 2023:
- Belmont: $16.75/hour
- Burlingame: $16.47/hour
- Cupertino: $17.20/hour
- Daly City: $16.07/hour
- El Cerrito: $17.35/hour
- Foster City: $16.50/hour
- Half Moon Bay: $16.45/hour
- Hayward: $16.34/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $15.50/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
- Los Altos: $17.20/hour
- Menlo Park: $16.20/hour
- Mountain View: $18.15/hour
- Novato: $16.32/hour for employers with 100 or more employees; $16.07/hour for employers with 26-99 employees; $15.53/hour for employers with 1-25 employees;
- Oakland: $15.97/hour
- Palo Alto: $17.25/hour
- Petaluma: $17.06/hour
- Redwood City: $17/hour
- Richmond: $16.17/hour
- San Carlos: $16.32/hour
- San Diego (city): $16.30/hour
- San Jose: $17/hour
- San Mateo (city): $16.75/hour
- Santa Clara: $17.20/hour
- Santa Rosa: $17.06/hour
- Sonoma (city): $17/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $16/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees
- South San Francisco: $16.70/hour
- Sunnyvale: $17.95/hour
- West Hollywood: $17.50/hour for employers with 50 or more employees; $17/hour for employers with less than 50 employees.
San Leandro’s minimum wage has been $15 per hour since July 1, 2020, with no scheduled increases thereafter. Their ordinance includes a provision that if the California state minimum wage becomes greater than San Leandro’s, the state rate will apply instead, and the San Leandro minimum wage ordinance will become ineffective. Beginning January 1, 2023, the state minimum wage rate will exceed the San Leandro minimum wage, so employers will need to pay employees the $15.50 per hour state rate.
West Hollywood passed their minimum wage ordinance on November 15, 2021, with a phase-in plan where the minimum wage rate increases every six months — starting on January 1, 2022, and ending on July 1, 2023. Increases are currently based on the employer’s size and whether the employer is a hotel. However, on July 1, 2023, the scheduled rate will be $18.86 per hour for all employers, regardless of size or industry. Every July 1 thereafter, the West Hollywood minimum wage for all businesses will be increased based on the Annual Consumer Price Index Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).