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Minimum Wage

The following is a schedule for CALIFORNIA Minimum Wage, from 2017 to 2023. Keep in mind that the minimum wage is higher for those employers with 26 or more employees. Also keep in mind that some counties, including Los Angeles County, have approved higher minimum wages.

DateMinimum Wage For Employers With 25 Employees Or LessMinimum Wage For Employers With 26 Employees Or More
January 1, 2017$10.00 / hour$10.50 / hour
January 1, 2018$10.50 / hour$11.00 / hour
January 1, 2019$11.00 / hour$12.00 / hour
January 1, 2020$12.00 / hour$13.00 / hour
January 1, 2021$13.00 / hour$14.00 / hour
January 1, 2022$14.00 / hour$15.00 / hour
January 1, 2023$16.00 / hour
Starting July 1, 2016, the minimum wage in the CITY OF LOS ANGELES will increase according to the following schedule. Note that the City of Los Angeles has approved higher minimum wages than the State of California requires.
DateMinimum Wage For Employers With 25 Employees Or LessMinimum Wage For Employers With 26 Employees Or More
July 1, 2016$10.00 / hour$10.50 / hour
July 1, 2017$10.50 / hour$12.00 / hour
July 1, 2018$12.00 / hour$13.25 / hour
July 1, 2019$13.25 / hour$14.25 / hour
July 1, 2020$14.25 / hour$15.00 / hour
July 1, 2021$15.00 / hour$15.00 / hour

Frequently Asked Questions

May an employee agree to work for less than the minimum wage?
No. The minimum wage is an obligation of the employer and cannot be waived by any agreement.
I work in a restaurant as a waitperson. Can my employer use my tips as a credit towards its obligation to pay me a minimum wage?
No. An employer may NOT use an employee’s tips as a credit toward its obligation to pay the minimum wage.
I receive a salary, or a flat-rate fixed amount each pay-period. Does this mean I am exempt from minimum wage?
No. All employees must be paid the minimum wage, even those who are paid as a salaried employee (those receiving a fixed amount per day/week). In order to determine the salaried employee’s hourly wage, Labor Code Section 515 gives guidance. For example, an employee works 40 hours per week, and receives a fixed salary each week of $200 per week. In order to determine the effective hourly wage for salaried employees, take the weekly salary of $300 and divide it by 40 hours. The employee is thus being paid $7.50 per hour, which is below the minimum wage. This employee is likely entitled to unpaid wages, as well as other potential claims.
I work in the City of Los Angeles. Which minimum wage law applies? Federal, California, or Los Angeles?
Los Angeles’s minimum wage law applies. Certain cities within the State of California have approved higher minimum wage laws than California or Federal law requires. Los Angeles is one of those cities, and thus Los Angeles’s minimum wage increases faster than other cities within the State of California. See Chart Above.


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