As reported earlier this year, California’s state minimum wage increased to $15.50 per hour for all employers on January 1, 2023. However, some California employers may face another minimum wage increase on July 1, 2023. This is due to the adoption by many cities and counties in California of their own local minimum wage rates above the California state minimum wage for employees working within their jurisdiction. 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 localities maintain minimum wage rates for nonexempt employees separate from and above the state rate, with the localities increasing their minimum wage rates on July 1 in the bolded text below:

City/CountyApplies toMinimum Wage Rate Per HourEffective Date
AlamedaAll employees$16.527/1/2023
BelmontAll employees$16.751/1/2023
BerkeleyAll employees$18.077/1/2023
BurlingameAll employees$16.471/1/2023
CupertinoAll employees$17.201/1/2023
Daly CityAll employees$16.071/1/2023
East Palo AltoAll employees$16.501/1/2023
El CerritoAll employees$17.351/1/2023
EmeryvilleAll employees$18.677/1/2023
Foster CityAll employees$16.501/1/2023
FremontAll employees$16.807/1/2023
Half Moon BayAll employees$16.451/1/2023
Hayward26 or more employees$16.341/1/2023
25 or fewer employees$15.501/1/2023
Los AltosAll employees$17.201/1/2023
Los AngelesAll employees$16.787/1/2023
Los Angeles—Unincorporated CountyAll employees$16.907/1/2023
MalibuAll employees$16.907/1/2023
Menlo ParkAll employees$16.201/1/2023
MilpitasAll employees$17.207/1/2023
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$16.937/1/2023
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$18.077/1/2023
San JoseAll employees$17.001/1/2023
San MateoAll employees$16.751/1/2023
Santa ClaraAll employees$17.201/1/2023
Santa MonicaAll employees$16.907/1/2023
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 HollywoodAll employees$19.087/1/2023

These changes to local minimum wage rates do not affect the minimum salary requirement for certain exempt employees in California. The state minimum wage is also not currently scheduled for any further increase.

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