Over the past several years, California has gradually increased the state’s minimum wage rate, resulting in the most recent increase, effective January 1, 2023, to $15.50 per hour for all employers. This minimum wage rate applies to all employees, subject to a few limited exceptions. This increase also affects the minimum annual salary requirement for exempt employees. Under California law, exempt employees must be paid a threshold annual salary of two times the state minimum wage for full-time employment. Accordingly, effective January 1, 2023, the minimum salary for otherwise exempt employees increased to $64,480.00 a year.

Many cities and counties in California have adopted their own local minimum wage rates above the California state minimum wage. If a locality provides a higher minimum wage rate than the state rate, the employer must pay the higher local wage rate. The following California jurisdictions maintain minimum wage rates for nonexempt employees separate from and above the state rate as of January 1, 2023:

City/CountyApplies To Minimum Wage Rate Per HourEffective Date
AlamedaAll employees$15.757/1/2022
BelmontAll employees$16.751/1/2023
BerkeleyAll employees$16.997/1/2022
BurlingameAll employees$16.471/1/2023
CupertinoAll employees$17.201/1/2023
Daily CityAll employees$16.071/1/2023
East Palo AltoAll employees$16.501/1/2023
El CerritoAll employees$17.351/1/2023
EmeryvilleAll employees$17.687/1/2022
Foster CityAll employees$16.501/1/2023
FreemontAll employees$16.007/1/2022
Half Moon BayAll employees$16.451/1/2023
Hayward26 or more employees$16.341/1/2023
25 or fewer employees$15.50
Los AltosAll employees$17.201/1/2023
Los AngelesAll employees$16.047/1/2022
Los Angeles-unincorporated countyAll employees$15.967/1/2022
MalibuAll employees$15.967/1/2022
Menlo ParkAll employees$16.201/1/2023
MilpitasAll employees$16.407/1/2022
Mountain ViewAll employees$18.151/1/2023
Novato25 or fewer employees$15.531/1/2023
26-99 employees$16.07
100 or more employees$16.32
OaklandAll employees$15.971/1/2023
Palo AltoAll employees$17.251/1/2023
PasadenaAll employees$16.117/1/2022
PetalumaAll employees$17.061/1/2023
Redwood CityAll employees$17.001/1/2023
RichmondAll employees$16.171/1/2023
San CarlosAll employees$16.321/1/2023
San DiegoAll employees$16.301/1/2023
San FranciscoAll employees$16.997/1/2022
San JoseAll employees$17.001/1/2023
San MateoAll employees$16.751/1/2023
Santa ClaraAll employees$17.201/1/2023
Santa MonicaAll employees$15.967/1/2022
Santa RosaAll employees$17.061/1/2023
Sonoma26 or more employees$17.001/1/2023
25 or fewer employees$16.00
South San FranciscoAll employees$16.701/1/2023
SunnyvaleAll employees$17.951/1/2023
West Hollywood49 or fewer employees$17.001/1/2023
50 or more employees$17.50

California employers should monitor the locations where they have employees for specific eligibility rules and potential new minimum wage rates or changes.