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Minimum Wage & Sick Leave Laws in California
Statewide and local rates

Please Note: This page may not always be up-to-date. Please do additional research for your particular locality.

California employers must pay hourly workers at least the state minimum wage, which is currently $10.50 per hour (effective January 1, 2017). However, the 2017 rate for employers with 25 employees or less is $10.00 per hour.

The minimum wages also does NOT apply to individuals who are the parent, spouse, or children of the employer.

The California statewide minimum wage is set to increase as shown below. Rates are will increase every year until reaching $15 per hour.

For employers with only 25 employees or less:

$10.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2017

$10.50 per hour, effective January 1, 2018

$11.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2019

$12.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2020

$13.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2021

$14.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2022

$15.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2023

For employers with 26 employees or more:

$10.50 per hour, effective January 1, 2017

$11.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2018

$12.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2019

$13.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2020

$14.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2021

$15.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2022

Paid Sick Leave:

A statewide paid sick leave law went into effect on July 1, 2015. It applies to any California employee who works 30 days or more in a year, including temporary and part-time workers.

Read further for minimum wage and sick leave laws that apply in certain California cities. Employers affected by both city and state requirements must implement the most generous benefits mandated under law.


This is just a sampling of local minimum wage laws in California.

Many California cities have their own minimum wage. Visit Paywizard for more information.

Here are the minimum wages in

Berkeley minimum wage is $12.53 per hour (effective October 1, 2016). Family employees (parents, spouses, and children) are not covered by the city minimum wage.

Oakland minimum wage is $12.86 per hour (effective January 1, 2017). Oakland paid sick leave went into affect on March 2, 2015. Both the city minimum wage and paid sick leave law apply to employees who work at least two hours per week. Employees accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. For businesses with less than 10 employees, employees can accrue up to 40 hours. Employees of larger businesses can accrue up to 72 hours of sick leave.

Richmond minimum wage is $12.30 per hour (effective January 1, 2017). This will increase to $13.00 per hour on January 1, 2018. Note that Richmond's minimum wage does not cover businesses with 10 or fewer employees (less than 800 hours of employee wages over a two week period). It also excludes workers under age 18 and those who receive tips.

San Diego minimum wage is $11.50 per hour (effective January 1, 2017). It will increase to $11.50 per hour on January 1, 2017. Starting January 1, 2019 and each year following, the miminum wage will be increased based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

San Francisco minimum wage is $13.00 per hour (effective July 1, 2016). It will increase to $14.00 per hour on July 1, 2017 and to $15.00 per hour on July 1, 2018. After that, expect cost of living increases every July 1st. Paid sick leave in San Francisco has been in effect since January 2007. The rules seem similar to the details of the Oakland ordinance mentioned above.

San Jose minimum wage is $10.50 per hour (effective January 1, 2017). It will increase to $12.00 per hour on July 1, 2017, then to $13.50 per hour on January 1, 2018 and to $15 per hour on January 1, 2019.

San Leandro minimum wage is $10.00 per hour. It will increase to $12.00 per hour on July 1, 2017. It will increase to $13.00 per hour on July 1, 2018, then to $14.00 per hour on July 1, 2019, and to $15.00 per hour on July 1, 2020.

San Mateo minimum wage is $12.00 per hour (effective January 1, 2017). It will increase to $13.50 per hour on January 1, 2018, then to $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2019. After that, cost of living increases will apply.

Last updated 9 February 2017

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Alison T. Jacks is an Enrolled Agent specializing in tax preparation and payroll services for California family child care providers. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she is dedicated to effective client communication and attention to detail. Alison has a diverse clientele, but since 2007, she has been accepting child care provider clients only. The FCC Payroll Service was launched in 2010 to meet the needs of preschool and day care employers.

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