California’s Minimum Wage to Increase to $16 in 2024

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California’s Minimum Wage to Increase to $16 in 2024

A customer walks by a now hiring sign posted in front of a Target store in Sausalito, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2023. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Micaela Ricaforte

Micaela Ricaforte

12/22/2023

Updated: 1/11/2024

California’s minimum wage will increase from $15.50 to $16 per hour in 2024—but some employees in certain areas will make more per hour due to local ordinances.
The following California cities and counties currently have minimum wages higher than the state’s requirement—all which took effect in 2023—according to a report from UC Berkeley’s Labor Center:
  • Alameda: $16.52
  • Berkeley: $18.07
  • Emeryville: $18.67
  • Fremont: $16.80
  • Los Angeles: $16.78
  • Los Angeles County (unincorporated): $16.90
  • Malibu: $16.90
  • Milpitas: $17.20
  • Pasadena: $16.93
  • Richmond: $17.20
  • San Francisco: $18.07
  • Santa Monica: $16.90
  • West Hollywood: $19.08
West Hollywood has the nation’s highest minimum wage, which is expected to increase again on July 1, 2024, according to Berkeley’s report.
Meanwhile, the following cities will increase their minimum wage to an amount higher than $16 come Jan. 1, according to the same Berkeley report.
  • Belmont: $17.35
  • Burlingame: $17.03
  • Cupertino: $17.75
  • Daly City: $16.62
  • East Palo Alto: $17
  • El Cerrito: $17.92
  • Foster City: $17
  • Half Moon Bay: $17.01
  • Hayward: $16.90 for large corporations and $16 for small employers
  • Los Altos: $17.75
  • Menlo Park: $16.70
  • Mountain View: $18.75
  • Novato: $16.60 for large businesses, $16.04 for small employers and $16.86 for mega companies
  • Oakland: $16.50
  • Palo Alto: $17.80
  • Petaluma: $17.45
  • Redwood City: $17.70
  • San Carlos: $16.87
  • San Diego: $16.85
  • San Jose: $17.55
  • San Mateo: $17.35
  • San Mateo County (unincorporated): $17.06
  • Santa Clara: $17.75
  • Santa Rosa: $17.45
  • Sonoma: $17.60 and $16.56 for small businesses
  • South San Francisco: $17.25
  • Sunnyvale: $18.55
Micaela Ricaforte

Micaela Ricaforte

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Micaela Ricaforte covers education in Southern California for The Epoch Times. In addition to writing, she is passionate about music, books, and coffee.

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